Engineering - Options 2024

Course Specification: OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National in Engineering Design

Course contact: Mr A.Groves         

Course Description: Engineering Design offers:

This qualification will enable you to learn about the process of engineering design and understand how it can be used to design effective solutions for a given design brief. You will develop the ability to communicate your design ideas using sketches and engineering drawings and compute raided design. You will also be able to evaluate the design of a product, through the disassembly of existing products or the use of modelling for new designs. These skills will help you progress onto further study in the engineering design and development sector.

 What will I learn?

During year 10 learners will cover core theory content required for the written exam alongside experimenting with practical designing and making skills covered over three projects.

Engineering Design will encourage students to:

  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Engineering Design, including the design process, types of drawings, influences on design, and the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • develop learning and practical skills that can be applied to real-life contexts and work situations • think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically
  • develop independence and confidence in using skills that would be relevant to the engineering design and development sector and more widely
  • analyse problems in design terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, and modelling designs to meet a design brief
  • understand the different stages of the iterative design process, recognising the cyclical nature of this approach
  • evaluate designs through product disassembly and the process of using product analysis

Learners will develop practical making skills such as:

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Creativity
  • Research
  • Critical reasoning
  • Organisation
  • Attention detail

 Build confidence using a range of specialist equipment.

Build knowledge about a variety of materials including SMART materials and their properties.

 How will I be assessed?

Component 1:

The exam is worth 40% of the OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National in Engineering Design qualification. There are 70 marks available.

You have 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Part A – includes 10 multiple choice questions 

Part B – includes short answer questions and extended response questions.

Component 2 and 3:

NEA – Non examined set assessment which is worth 60% of the OCR Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National in Engineering Design qualification.

Each set assessment is worth 30% of the 60%

Component 1: Communicating designs This set assignment contains 4 practical tasks.

Total of 60 marks

Component 2: Design evaluation and modelling This set assignment containing 6 practical tasks. Total of 60 marks


There are 120 marks available.

Written exam about the principles of

engineering design.


This is assessed by an exam. In this unit you will learn about the design process, and all of the stages that are involved.


You will have your written exam in Year 11.

The paper is assessed on the core content.


This section contains a mixture of different question styles, including open-response, graphical, calculation and extended-open-response questions.


  • Designing processes
  • Designing requirements
  • Communicating design outcomes
  • Evaluating design idea
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Developments in modern materials
  • Electronics systems
  • Mechanical devises
  • Material categories and properties
  • Design context
  • Environment, social and economic
  • Challenges
  • Investigating past work
  • Design strategies
  • Communication of ideas


Contains a mixture of different question styles,

including open-response, graphical,

calculation and extended-open-response


The NEA topic is released by OCR. In year 11 you will complete your NEA which is your coursework task. Students will undertake 2 project-based tasks on a contextual challenge released a year before certification. 

  • The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, modelling and evaluating a product and understanding of core content.
  • Task will be internally assessed and externally moderated.


This project will require you to follow an iterative design process rather than a linear process requiring you to continually test, evaluate and refine ideas.


Future Opportunities and Careers

Engineering can develop into careers such as Electrical Engineer, mechanic, machinist, Furniture Maker, Retail buyer/wholesaler, Architectural Assistant, Technologist, Interior designer, Graphic designer, Product designer, furniture designer, Construction, Sound Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Mechanical Engineering Civil Engineer, Architect and many others

Further study examples:

Post 16:

A-Level Design Technology

A-Level Product Design

BTEC Engineering

T-Level Design, Surveying and Planning for Construction

T-Level Business Services

T-Level Engineering for Construction

T-Level Onsite Construction



Furniture Design Technician

Product Development and Design

Puppet Maker