A Level Design & Technology: Engineering Design

ASSESSMENT

The course is divided into three components:
1.Principles Examination, 26.7%
2.Problem Solving in Design Engineering, 23.3%
3.Iterative Design Project, 50%

COMPONENT 1: PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN ENGINEERING EXAMINATION

• Written Examination: 1 hour 30 minutes

The exam requires students to:

  • Analyse existing products
  • Demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

COMPONENT 2: PROBLEM SOLVING IN DESIGN ENGINEERING

• Written Paper: 1 hour 45 minutes

The exam requires students to:

  • apply their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products.
  • demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.

COMPONENT 3: ITERATIVE DESIGN PROJECT (NON- EXAMINED ASSESSMENT, NEA)

The Iterative Design Project undertaken by students will have a significant focus on the functional requirements and/or system of a product. This substantial project will have a mechanical or electronic bias and will focus on a functional rather than aesthetic outcome.
Students will identify an opportunity or problem from a context of their choice and create a portfolio of evidence leading to an outcome.

Students will undertake the Iterative Design Project independently and will progress through the following principles:

  • AO1 - Explore: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants.
  • AO2 - Create: Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose.
  • AO3 - Evaluate: Analyse and evaluate.

LESSONS

A variety of skills are required to undertake the Iterative Design Project. In order to best prepare students for this a variety of approaches will be used so that students feel competent in all aspects of Design and Technology. Skills developed will include:

  • Component and circuit functionality
  • Circuit construction techniques
  • Graphical communication techniques
  • 3D and 2D CAD (Solidworks and 2D Design)
  • Circuitry designing software (Circuit Wizard)
  • Competent use of hand tools and machinery
  • Analysis of products
  • An understanding of how school processes can be used to produce ‘one-offs’

INDEPENDENT STUDY TIME

Design and Technology: Engineering Design students are likely to use their free time to:

  • Conduct wider reading around the subject to develop their wider awareness of Design and Technology.
  • Discuss the progress of their Iterative Design Project with teachers to maximise work produced during lesson time.
  • Use specialist software to become more adept in the use of 3D CAD, 2D CAD and Circuit wizard.

OCR: A Level Design and Technology: Engineering Design

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. In addition a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics would be an advantage. It would also be advantageous for students to have studied Design and Technology.