Revision Guide – Engineering

SUBJECT: Engineering
LENGTH OF PAPERS: 120 minutes
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Pen, calculator, pencil, ruler

Topics to be revised

Engineering materials

Materials and their properties

  • Metals and Alloys
  • Polymers
  • Composites
  • Other materials

Material costs and supply
Factors influencing design of solutions

Engineering manufacturing processes

  • Additive manufacturing
  • Material removal Shaping
  • Casting and moulding
  • Joining and assembly
  • Heat and chemical treatment
  • Surface finishing


  • Mechanical systems
  • Electric systems
  • Electronic systems
  • Structural systems
  • Pneumatics systems

Testing and investigation

  • Modelling and calculating
  • Testing
  • Aerodynamics

The impact of modern technologies
Practical engineering skills

Revision Tips

  • Use mind maps and flash cards
  • Try making a glossary of key words to help increase confidence with the engineering terminology
  • Mind maps
  • Condense notes, re-write without looking
  • Make a list of questions
  • Use of mnemonics
  • Turn information into flow diagrams
  • Past exam questions
  • Get someone to test you
  • Exam revision meets

Exam Hints:

Read the question, answer the actual question not the one you want to answer, use of technical terms

  • Learn key words for each topic
  • Learn command words (explain, identify, analyse). Do you know what the question is asking you to do?
  • Read the question 3 times using CUBE to highlight important words in the questions Circle the command word, Underline keywords, Block any examples, then Express your answer
  • Check how many marks a question is worth. If, for example, a question is worth 3 marks, be sure to make 3 valid points in your answer
  • Don’t forget to check through your paper after you have completed the questions to ensure that you are happy with your responses

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