Design & Technology Coursework Awards

The ACE Programme is always keen to promote engineering and manufacturing and related achievements and one such opportunity is the IGCSE and A Level/Inter Baccalaureate Design & Technology Coursework Exhibition held each year during June at the airport.

2016 Winners (use link here for more information)

Best GCSE - Robin Burchill (KWC) - Art Deco inspired mp3 player

Best A Level/IB - Tom Walker (QEII) - Garden furniture

 Best of the Best - Archie Veale (CRHS) - Resistance exercise bands

Well done winners, and to all finalists. 


2015 Winners

Elizabeth Beard  – Best GCSE

Joe Harrison – Best of the Best

Robert Johnson – Best A Level/International Baccalaureate (not able to attend Awards event)

Background information 


IGCSE (School Year 11) and A Level/International Baccalaureate (School Year 13) Design & Technology (D&T) students have to submit coursework as a portion of their marks towards their respective qualifications.

In order to encourage exemplary coursework, the engineering and manufacturing sector has asked the secondary schools to put forward what they consider to be the best D&T coursework from that year group – ie. one from the IGCSE group, and one from the A Level/International Baccalaureate group. The twelve pieces of coursework (from six schools) are then displayed at an exhibition at the Isle of Man Airport Atrium (upstairs, opposite airport security for flight departures) generally for three weeks in June, after the TT festival.

A judging evening is undertaken at the exhibition with a panel of judges comprising MHK's and sector company managers, who review all entries and decide the best in each group and then the best overall.

Each of the 12 entries receive a £25 cash prize, whilst best in each group (IGCSE and A Level/IB) will then receive a further £50 and the best overall a £100 prize on top of the £25. Each of the best award winners also receive a keepsake engraved with their achievement. 

The entries are really quite amazing; very professional and thought provoking.

If you’re passing through the airport during the exhibition make sure to take a few moments before airport security to review the exhibition. You'll be amazed at the talent in our schools!

If you'd like to know more about the exhibition and awards then please contact the Engineering Sector Skills Champion (use the link here for contact details). 


Photo left to right: Judging panel: Chris Allen (General Manager Triumph Actuation Systems), Dave Parkes (Engineering Manager Swagelok), Laurence Skelly MHK, Graham Cregeen MHK, Tony Wild MLC, Nigel Brown (General Manager RLC Ronaldsway) with Elizabeth Beard (winner Best GCSE)