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Engineering Design (Cambridge Nationals Level 1 and 2)

Head of Department: Mrs K Burden 

What is Engineering Design?

Engineering design is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities. This qualification is an opportunity for you to develop a design specification and study the processes involved in designing new engineered products.

What skills will I develop?

You will use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification will also encourage you to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, engage in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.

What syllabus will I follow?

Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design

Code J841

What will the course look like?

Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment.

Four equally weighted assessment will be completed:

R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements (1 hour- OCR set and marked)

R106: Product analysis and research (Centre assessed, OCR moderated, approx. 10-12 hours)

R107: Developing and presenting design ideas (Centre assessed, OCR moderated, approx. 10-12 hours)

R108: 3D realisation (Centre assessed, OCR moderated, approx. 10-12 hours)

What homework will I get?

Homework commonly consolidates learning in the lesson and provides opportunity to practise exam-style questions. It might be to learn spellings and meanings of key words or to complete research or evaluation of a product. One piece of homework is set per week.

How will I be assessed?

Learners will be required to successfully complete four mandatory units. Three are internally assessed portfolios of evidence, so regular attendance is essential. All four units must be attained to successfully pass the course. Because of the nature of assessment, it is important that work is completed in a timely manner and deadlines are met.

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

Completion of this course provides opportunity to progress to apprenticeships in Engineering (levels 2 and 3), GCE Engineering Product Design (level 3) or Cambridge Technicals, as well a range of higher education possibilities or jobs in industry.

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

You must have a keen interest in design and technology.  You must have an interest in why and how engineered products work. You will need to learn to apply new knowledge to respond to set briefs and conduct independent investigations. You will need to be organised and keep up to date with your work. Due to the vocational nature of the course, a desire to develop existing practical skills and drawing skills (by hand and using ICT) are essential.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

Homework support sessions run after school twice a week. Drop‑in sessions are also available for advice and additional support.

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