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.


Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. OCR’s GCE Design Engineering and Product Design, supports progression beyond A level into higher education or apprenticeship programmes. There is a focus on ensuring the content reflects authentic practice, giving an insight into the way that creative, engineering and/ or manufacturing industries function. The OCR specifications require you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills and reflects the importance of Design and Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.

Have you ever wondered?

  • What designers actually do?
  • How things move or work?
  • How you can design products to be good for the environment?
  • How a product continues to stay popular in the market place?
  • How products are designed with the user in mind?

If so, then studying one of the two A Level courses on offer at Ermysted’s is the right choice for you.

Why study this subject at A-Level?

  • The course will strengthen your critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling you to develop and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering your own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values
  • You will develop intellectual curiosity of the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world, making you a more discriminating purchaser
  • It will help you to be creative in your approach to work and develop your sketching ability and use of digital technologies in designing and creating quality products
  • You will learn about a range of materials and, components and manufacturing methods to help create functional products
  • You will learn to work collaboratively to develop and refine your ideas, responding to feedback from users, peers and expert practitioners
  • You will gain an insight into the creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries and learn about the iterative design practices and strategies they use
  • You will learn about important issues that effect design in the wider world such as sustainability, globalisation and inclusive design; in order to become an empathetic and successful designer who can consider wider social implications of products

How is the qualification assessed?

Principles of Design Engineering – Written examination
26.7% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes
Written examination – 80 marks

An examination component in which knowledge and understanding skills of both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content are externally assessed.

Problem Solving – Written examination
23.3% of A Level
1 hour 45 minutes
Written examination –  70 marks

An examination component in which the ability to apply higher level thinking, reflection and critical thinking to contextual design solutions is externally assessed.

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%)