Engineering Design

OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National

Course outline – What will I learn?

In engineering design you will learn to design and develop engineered products using a variety of skills including technical drawing, computer aided design (CAD) and physical prototyping. The course encourages pupils to think outside the box to generate and develop solutions to real world problems. 

On our engineering course you will learn: 

  • To communicate & develop your ideas using formal drawing techniques including orthographic, isometric and freehand drawing
  • To develop an understanding of the national standard for technical drawing conventions including technical line types, abbreviations and industry standard symbols 
  • To generate and develop design proposals using computer aided design & manufacturing (CAD/CAM). 
  • To appreciate the importance of design strategies and processes including iterative, user centered, inclusive and sustainable design 
  • How to analyse and evaluate existing products in order to suggest suitable developments and improvements 
  • How manufacturing considerations affect the design process including industrial processes, material properties and production cost
  • Environmental & economic influences including; BSI standards, legislation, planned obsolescence, sustainability and design for a circular economy

Plus much more…

What will I study?

This qualification requires pupils to complete 3 assessed units. This will all be assessed over the course of year 11 starting from 1st June in Y10. 


Unit No. Unit Title  Guided learning hours (GLH)  How are they assessed? 
RO38  Principles of engineering design  48 Exam (1 hour 15 minutes) 
RO39  Communicating designs  36 NEA (Coursework)
RO40 Design, evaluation and modelling 36 NEA (Coursework) 

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of exams and project work.

What skills will I develop?

You will develop a range of subject knowledge and skills which are attractive to employers, further education and universities including: 

    • Critical thinking 
    • Project management 
    • Independent research 
    • Communication 
    • Prototyping 
    • Technical drawing

What parents need to know

Pupils will be expected to work through levels of dependency in Y9 & 10 to become independent critical thinkers in preparation for their two Non Exam Assessments (NEA) in Y11. RO39: Communicating Designs & RO40: Design, evaluation and modelling. 

The NEAs are assessments and as such the pupils must be independently motivated and manage their own projects and time. 

Pupils will learn to develop an appreciation for deadlines and must demonstrate their abilities to generate their own design ideas without relying on close supervision from teachers or other adults. Teachers will be responsible for providing appropriate guidance that is in line with the specifications expectations and the JCQ’s regulations for assessments.  

Careers with Engineering?

There are a wide range of opportunities with in field of engineering design, for example: 

    • Automotive engineering and motorsport 
    • Research and development (R&D) 
    • Aerospace engineering 
    • Civil/structural engineering 
    • Product Design Engineering 
    • Electrical engineering 
    • Manufacturing engineering 
    • And much more…

What our pupils say about the course

‘I love how you can design things and add your own ideas to meet the needs of your clients. I like the problem solving and creativity involved. I have also loved cars since I was a child. I often volunteered to help my dad to fix & maintain the project cars we’ve had. I have always enjoyed engineering and it has always been something I want to develop into a career. I love the design process & making my ideas come to life. I love working & collaborating with other people like we do in Engineering class. It’s for these reasons – I’m very passionate about the subject! – Y10 Engineering Ambassador

‘I chose Engineering design because I have always been fascinated by formula one. I want a career in motorsport and I hope to one day achieve my dreams of designing the aerodynamics of race cars. I know that engineers use computer aided design (CAD) to virtually prototype and test their aerodynamic designs and I knew there was a Y9 trip to the world famous silverstone racetrack planned in Y9. I knew Engineering design was the right course for me. I have enjoyed solving problems and developing ideas using drawing skills, virtual prototyping and modelling skills.’  – Y11 Engineering alumni

For more information

Please contact: A.Senior, Design Technology and Engineering Subject Leader, on