Open Systems and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies- QAN 603/0146/6
This qualification, though not explicit in the title and construction, is designed to be a truly cross-curricular qualification. The main focus is on manufacturing, but it is broad ranging and covers science, design and ethics, so can be carried out in many subject areas as part of existing courses, without overlapping. The main candidates would be 14-16 year old students studying science and design technology, especially physics, since there is physics in varying degrees in most of the criteria. However, the qualification could be taken by students studying a range of qualifications and the units can be interchanged so that students taking other qualifications with a similar unit value can interchange for existing units. It is part of the widely recognised 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) promoted by the government.
Who is the qualification for?
This qualification is designed for 14-16 year old learners who want to use and understand advanced manufacturing technologies and techniques to promote themselves for further study or for job applications.
Any learners who use advanced manufacturing technologies to create or explore materials, or who wish to pursue a career or further study in any of the main areas of study in this qualification will benefit from the skills and understanding on offer.
Who might be interested in taking this course?
In terms of career options, the qualification will be suitable for a range of the government’s recognised pathways:
1. Engineering and Manufacturing
learners will learn how to design and make a variety of modern devices such as unmanned vehicles and microsatellites. They will learn how to use devices such as 3D printers.
2. Creative and Design
They will explore how to use CAD/CAM in order to bring their ideas to life.
3. Health and Science
They will explore the use of AI and robotics in PharmaTech.
4. Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care
They will explore and analyse the use of microsatellite data for crop and environmental analysis as well as the use of unmanned vehicles for agriculture.
They will use simulation software to launch and develop rockets and unmanned vehicles and use other digital tools for design work and control functions.
6. Social Care
They will investigate the use of robotics and AI for health and social care. Will robots replace people for caring professions in the future?
7. transport and Logistics
They will explore the increasing turn towards unmanned vehicles for logistics such as cars and trucks.
All of these areas of study require different ways of using skills, knowledge and understanding, but all have a common theme of requiring the learner to be effective and efficient. This qualification works towards achieving that goal.
The skills include numeracy, literacy, engineering, design, creative arts, science and embedded software development.
What will the student study as part of this qualification?
The students will study the science, design, manufacture and social issues related to some of the latest technologies around us. The units of study are:
|The Understanding and Appreciation of Rocket Science|
|4||45 hours||This unit explores the forces and elements that play a part in understanding the engineering obstacles required to launch a rocket. The unit looks at materials for construction and flight, as well as the testing required for success. The unit also looks at the uses and possible future uses of this technology.|
|Working With Robotics and Artificial Intelligence|
|4||45 hours||This unit explores what AI is and could be. It explores the application of AI through robotics by creating simple control programs and using pre-made robots and robotic devices for testing and evaluation. Candidates will explore robotics and assess its wider usage in society.|
|The Understanding and Application of Microsatellites|
|4||45 hours||This unit explores the highly competitive industry of microsatellite construction and deployment. Candidates will explore some of the uses of the technology and investigate and test the materials and tools used to make the devices. They will investigate how these tools and materials help in the journey to space, as well as the time in space. They will investigate the social implications of so much space hardware.|
|The Development and Deployment of Unmanned Vehicles (UV)|
|4||45 hours||This unit allows candidates to explore the creation and use of unmanned vehicles in different industries and environments. As with the other units, they will explore the ideal materials and tools for manufacture and development and issues related to deployment in different situations. They will also explore the social implications of these devices, especially in military settings.|
The overal grade will be based on a controlled assessment and an external examination.
This qualification is made up of mandatory units. You will study a range of areas from robots to rockets, but with an underlying thread relating to their manufacture using the latest advanced in materials.
Undertaking a range of projects will expose and develop skills to work with design and advanced manufacturing processes, iteration and development, in order to give you a practical taste of the skills and competencies that underpin a range of careers and industries related to contemporary advanced manufacture. These include numeracy, literacy, engineering, design, creative arts, science and embedded software development.
Solutions address issues of energy consumption, food and materials scarcity, social and online connectedness in an internet age. Sustainability is an embedded theme. A range of appropriate tasks follow the journey of the product including:
analyse and interpret product design briefs
gather information and research to support design briefs
research and develop creative product concepts
use CAD visualization to communicate exterior product concepts
use CAD to carry out digital simulation such as FEA, technical feasibility, and initial review against brief
use CAD to develop 3D Models suitable for production using additive manufacturing technology
use and integrate smart-electronic modules to create functional prototypes
analyse product life cycle including strategies to reduce carbon footprint, whether through the function of the product itself or through minimising waste from the products manufacture process.
study of interdisciplinary teams.
Which subjects will complement this course?
Focusing on practical applications of technology, the course complements some of the more academic subjects by demonstrating the application of theory in realistic context driven projects.
This qualification is complementary to any other academic or technical subject as it involves a broad understanding of what society wants and needs and the technical considerations to meet those needs. Meaningful links can be made with all Ebacc subjects. For example, a more detailed investigation into the science of flight might be developed in conjunction with the science department, as well as more detailed investigations involving maths and design of the materials used.
Discussions about the ethics and morality of robotics and AI could be incorporated into English or PSRE. The use of unmanned vehicles is increasingly affecting all areas of the modern economy so could be discussed in geography, PE, MFL or social science.
While the course is clearly focussed on engineering, the construction of the units is such that it allows a broad scope of study. There is a scientific underpinning of the advanced technologies being studied, but there is also a humanities focus in what these technologies might mean for the wider society. Learners taking this course would have a good grounding in engineering principles, but could equally enter a social science based qualification as they will have explored the human dimension to advanced manufacturing devices.
L1 and L3 versions, or similar, will follow shortly to enable progression in this qualification. The L3 Smart Product Design and Manufacture can be used for progression.
The following organisations have endorsed this qualification.
Axelspace Endorsement (translation to follow)