Systems Control in Engineering Cambridge National


OCR Cambridge National in Systems Control in Engineering introduces students to how microprocessor control systems are used in a variety of engineering environments. Students develop practical skills by designing, producing and testing the operation of simple electronic controls in four separate units.

Qualification Type

Technical Award – GCSE Equivalent

Qualification Level

Level 1 / Level 2


R047 – Principles of electronic and programmable systems. This is assessed by an exam. In this unit you will learn about the relationships between voltage, current, resistance and power, and the ways in which systems are represented, tested and assembled. Topics include basic electronic circuit principles, electronic and programmable systems, components and devices, methods of prototyping and testing systems and circuits and commercial circuit production and construction methods.

R048 – Making and testing electronic circuits. This is assessed by a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to simulate electronic circuits, as well as how to construct and test them. Topics include drawing and simulating electronic circuits, constructing electronic circuits and testing electronic circuits.

R049 – Developing programmable systems. This is assessed by a set assignment. In this unit you will learn how to how to determine hardware and system requirements to meet a given brief and select appropriate input and output devices. Topics include planning the development of programmable systems, developing programmable systems and testing programmable systems.

How will it be delivered?

R047 – Externally Assessed Examination – 40% of final grade.

R048/R049 – Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) – coursework – 60% of final grade

Course Specification

The course specification can be found at:

Cambridge Nationals – Engineering Programmable Systems Level 1/Level 2 – J824 – OCR