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Cambridge National (Lev 2) Engineering Design

Awarding Body : OCR

Overview of Course

Engineering design is a process used to identify market opportunities and solve problems which contribute to the development of new products and systems. Students will study the processes involved in designing new engineered products and the requirements of a design specification.

Through research and practical activities, learners will understand how market requirements and opportunities inform client briefs and will use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas.

Learners will be encouraged to communicate and consult with a client to develop a viable and innovative product. They will apply practical skills to produce a prototype in the form of a model and test design ideas to inform further product development. Through reflection learners will evaluate the prototype, making comparison of outcome against specification points and assess possible and practical solutions and improvements to their prototype design.

Content and Assessment

Unit R105: Design briefs, design specification and user requirements Assessment: Written paper

  • Understand the design cycle and the relationship between design briefs and design specifications
  • Understand the requirements of design specifications for the development of a new product
  • Know about the wider influences on the design of new products
  • Unit R106: Product analysis and research Assessment: Internal assessment
  • Know how commercial production methods, quality and legislation impact on the design of products and components
  • Be able to research existing products
  • Be able to analyse an existing product through disassembly

Unit R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs Assessment: Internal assessment

  • Be able to generate design proposals using a range of techniques
  • Know how to develop designs using engineering drawing techniques and annotation
  • Be able to use CAD software techniques to produce and communicate design proposals Unit R108: 3D design realisation Assessment: Internal assessment
  • Know how to plan the making of a prototype
  • Understand safe working practices used when making a prototype
  • Be able to produce a prototype
  • Be able to evaluate the success of a prototype

Career Links

Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Structural Engineer, Genetic Engineer, Biomedical Engineer, Military Engineering and many more.