Project-based learning

Do you fancy working with real employers and university partners?

Our projects include:

  • Designing the hospital ‘ward of the future’ using 3D modelling technology, for Great Ormond Street Hospital and Skanska
  • Designing and building customised wheelchairs for patients with unique medical needs for King’s College NHS Trust
  • 3D scanning specialist equipment at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust
  • Designing and building (and racing!) BMXs with strong, light and sustainable bamboo frames
  • Designing flood-resistant housing for Practical Action
  • Advanced robotics with London South Bank University
  • Architectural structural engineering with Fluid Structures
  • Innovation Challenges with Fujitsu

And many, many more.

Students work in teams to tackle problems relating to engineering set in building and health contexts. Some projects will last from 68 weeks and will incorporate key engineering content while developing employability skills. Other projects may be longer, running over a period of months, and these will provide the opportunity for students to work in varying groupings with students from different year groups forming project teams, with individual students developing their skills by taking different project/team roles. Some projects are self-contained into one-day challenges. All come with a competitive element and unique, money-can’t-buy prizes for the winners!

Project-based learning is central to the approach to learning within the technical curriculum. South Bank Engineering UTC will develop the pedagogy of project-based learning, which is central to the UTC’s approach to teaching and learning across subjects in Key Stage 4 and post-16.