Why should I study this subject?

Engineering developments impact every aspect of our lives: the buildings we live and work in, the cars we drive and the computers, smart phones and tablets we use have all been developed as a result of engineering. Engineering ideas are constantly evolving and new innovations developed, making this a dynamic and exciting area to study and in which to work.

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.

What will I study?

The Design Engineering course is comprised of three separately assessed components:

Component 1 (worth 26.7% of the total A-level) is assessed by an exam and covers the key principles of design engineering, including electronics and engineered products and systems.

Component 2 (worth 23.3% of the total A-level) is also assessed by an exam and covers the same content as component 1 but requires learners to demonstrate their problem solving and critical evaluation skills.

Component 3 (worth 50% of the total A-level) is the internally assessed coursework element of the qualification. 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.

What are the entry requirements?

Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here