Engineering Design Cambridge National


OCR Cambridge National in Engineering Design helps students understand the processes of engineering design and how market requirements inform client briefs. Through practical activities they develop skills in computer modelling and model making and how to communicate design ideas effectively.

Qualification Type

Technical Award – GCSE Equivalent

Qualification Level

Level 1 / Level 2


R038 – Principles of engineering design. This is assessed by an exam. In this unit you will learn about the design process and all of the stages that are involved. Topics include designing processes, designing requirements, communicating design outcomes and evaluating design ideas.

R039 – Communicating designs. This is assessed by a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to use sketching and engineering drawings to communicate your ideas. Topics include manual production of freehand sketches, manual production of engineering drawings and use of computer aided design (CAD).

R040 – Design evaluation and modelling. This is assessed by a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to create and test models of your design. Topics include product evaluation and modelling design ideas.

How will it be delivered?

R038 – Externally Assessed Examination – 40% of final grade.

R039/R040 – Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – coursework – 60% of final grade

Course Specification

The course specification can be found at:

Cambridge Nationals – Engineering Design Level 1/Level 2 – J822 – OCR