A Level DT: Design Engineering
Why choose Design Engineering? If you are the type of person who doesn't take how things work for granted come and talk to us about Design Engineering.

The course has been designed to encourage you to take a broad view of design and technology. It also helps you to participate in and think about tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies, and to intervene creatively to improve their quality.

Why study this subject at A-Level?

Inspiring a future in design and technology – Drawing on authentic design practice and contemporary technologies students will be free to explore design possibilities that excite and engage them, giving a strong foundation for further study and developing thinking and design skills that will support them in any future direction.

A focus on iterative designing – Students will learn to deliver their thinking and design skills through iterative design processes that allow them to ‘explore, create and evaluate’ following practices and strategies used by the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries.

Projects that offer so much more – The non-examined assessments at AS and A Level are not only open in approach, they will also enable students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that give them confidence as individuals and a strong understanding of creativity and innovation that will equip them to design and manage the future. The project work undertaken will be a meaningful discussion piece for university and apprenticeship applications.

Summary of the course

Design Engineering is based on a mixture of technology, physics and mathematics and is an ideal stepping stone into higher education or industry in any Engineering field as well as ICT, Design, Mathematics, Manufacture, Teaching or the Armed Services. It includes elements of electronics with circuit design and programming, mechanisms and pneumatics with an emphasis on exploring the engineering and science behind these systems by rigorous and iterative designing, development
and manufacturing.

How is the qualification assessed?

Principles of Design Engineering – Written examination
This is a single externally assessed examination component with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content.
26.7% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes
Drawn and written paper 80 marks

Unseen Challenge – Written examination with drawing
This is a single externally assessed examination component with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content.
23.3% of A Level
1 hour 45 minutes
Drawn and written paper 70 marks

Iterative Design Project non-exam assessment (NEA)
The Iterative Design Project is a single task component, worth 50% of the qualification, giving learners the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills over time in order to realise a valid outcome that reflects real-world design considerations. The component is internally assessed and externally moderated.


Entry Requirements

Applicants will require at least a Grade 6 in GCSE Design Technology.


Design Engineering – H404

Component 1 (26.7%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Component 2 (23.3%)

1 hour 45 minutes

Component 3 (50%)