Design Engineering

At a glance

Awarding Board: OCR
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: A study of Design/Engineering at Key Stage 4 is preferred but not required.6


Coursework plus one 1 hour 30 minute and one 1 hour 45 minute examinations at the end of Year 13
Coursework (50%)
Paper 1: Principles of Design Engineering (26.7%)
Paper 2: Problem Solving in Design Engineering (23.3%)

Why choose A Level Design Engineering?

Embark on a journey of innovation and creativity with A Level Design Engineering. This course is your gateway to exploring, creating, and shaping the future through design. If you’re a visionary and a problem solver, always seeking to improve and innovate, this program empowers you to bring ideas to life and leave a lasting mark on the world of Design Engineering.

What will you study?

Design Engineering is focused towards engineered and electronic products and systems; the analysis of these in respect of function, operation, components and materials, in order to understand their application and uses in engineered products/systems that have commercial viability.

How will you study?

Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This will then be followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work. The course will also include hands-on practical work to create prototypes and apply the concepts they’ve learned in real world scenarios. Students are encouraged to conduct independent research on design and engineering topics.

Throughout the course students will complete a series of design projects. In some cases, students may engage in laboratory work to gain practical experience with materials, electronics and engineering components. Students receive feedback on their work and have opportunities to refine their ideas. As well as assessments and examinations, students will compile a portfolio of their design projects and assignments.

To provide real world context, we organise several field trips and guest lectures from industry professionals offering valuable insights. The course encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills, preparing students to tackle complex design and engineering challenges.

A significant proportion of the A Level course, 50% of your overall grade, is the non-examination assessment component (coursework). You will produce an Iterative Design Project which requires students to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate.

Where will it take me?

Completing the A Level in Design Engineering will provide you with a strong foundation for pursuing various degree courses, higher apprenticeships and career opportunities across a range of disciplines including: Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Innovation Manager, Research and Development Engineer, Materials Science and Engineering, to name a few.


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