Design and Technology: Design Engineering A Level
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Design Engineering is focused towards engineered and electronic products and systems. Students completing the course successfully will have taken design risks, showing innovation and enterprise whilst considering their role as responsible designers and citizens. They will have developed intellectual curiosity about design and manufacture, worked collaboratively to develop and refine their ideas, gained an insight into engineering industries (particularly Electronic, Mechanical and Structural Engineering), developed the capacity to think creatively, innovatively and critically and become independent and critical thinkers who can adapt their technical knowledge and understanding to different design situations.
Exam 25% of A Level (1 hr 45 mins written paper)
- Analyse existing products
- Demonstrate their technical kinowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques.
- Demonstrate applied mathematical skills
- Demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.
Unseen Challenge 25% of the A Level (2hr 30 minutes design/written paper)
- Section A focuses on learners applying their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products.
- Section B requires learners to reflect on their design task in Section A in relation to wider factors/issues from the design principles.
Iterative Design Project 50% of A Level (approx 45 hours non examined assessment)
- The 'Iterative Design Project' requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate.
- Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.
How will it be delivered?
Principles of Engineering exam - 26.7% of A-Level (1 hr 45 mins written paper)
Four questions covering technical principles of Engineering:
• Analyse existing products
• Demonstrate applied mathematical skills
• Demonstrate technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
• Demonstrate understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.
Problem Solving in Engineering exam – 23.3% of A-Level (1hr 30 written paper)
Longer answer problem solving and critical evaluation questions:
• Apply 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
Iterative Design Project (NEA/Coursework) – 50% of A-Level (Approximately 65 hours or more)
A substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate.
• Identify a design opportunity or problem (choose your own context)
• Create a portfolio of evidence throughout the project.
Grade C or above in any of the following GCSEs (or equivalent):
Electronic Products, Engineering or Sytems and Control,
Plus a 6 or above in Maths.
Your next steps...
Destinations for A-Level Engineering students have, in the past, included Engineering degrees at Cambridge University, University of Sheffield, Leeds University other institutions, on courses including Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Design for Industry and Civil and Structural Engineering.