KS4 Design and Technology

OCR Nationals in Engineering Design

OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2

This course gives you the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the engineering industry.

This course is designed to support progression into a more specialised Level 3 vocational or academic course or into an apprenticeship and give you the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of job roles across the engineering industry, for example Product Design Engineer.

This qualification has been developed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the engineering industry. It includes two core units and two mandatory units that form the skills, knowledge and understanding of the engineering sector.

One of the main purposes of OCR nationals qualifications is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace.

Unlike technical skills, which may become outdated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. These skills include: self-management, team working, business awareness and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work, and the use of IT.

This qualification consists of 2 Centre assessed tasks and 1 externally assessed exam 

Unit R038: Principles of Engineering Design (External Exam)

Unit R039: Communicating Designs (Centre Assessed Task)

Unit R040: Design Evaluation and Modelling (Centre Assessed Task)

NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award in Graphic Design

Graphic Design is the powerful art of visual communication. It combines the disciplines of art, psychology, photography and CAD (computer aided design) to convey messages to people through design. You will learn to communicate your ideas using traditional and sometimes unusual artistic techniques, photography and digital image manipulation. Just like the professionals, you will use industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and tools such as digital drawing tablets, scanners and cameras. You will also learn all about the psychology of graphic design and how it can be cleverly used to influence, persuade and entertain people.

Over the two years, you will learn how each component of graphic design (colour, tone, line, typography, imagery and composition) works and will have freedom to experiment with each in your own original designs. You will study the work of notable graphic designers to learn the tricks of the trade and to discover the areas of the graphic design industry that interest you. You will learn to create unique solutions to design problems and to develop simple ideas into powerful, eye-catching pieces of graphic design. You will also create a professional looking graphic design portfolio to showcase the best of your work.

This qualification is a great launch pad into graphic design, art, fashion, animation and web-design at AS or A level.

How will you be assessed?


Non-Exam Assessment (coursework)

External Assessment (written exam)

120 Marks (17.5 hours)

80 Marks (1.5 hours)

This will be set by the exam board and marked internally by the teacher. The teacher’s mark will then be externally moderated by the exam board. 

The non-exam assessment will assess the learner’s ability to effectively draw together their knowledge, understanding and skills in graphic design (Covered in AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4, AO5)

The written exam is a mixture of multiple choice, short answer, and extended response questions. This is set and marked externally by the exam board.

The written examination is a terminal assessment and will assess the learner’s knowledge and understanding of all content covered in AO1, AO2 and AO3.



The emphasis here is for learners to recall and communicate the fundamental elements of knowledge and understanding.


The emphasis here is for learners to apply their knowledge and understanding to real-world contexts and novel situations.


The emphasis here is for learners to develop analytical thinking skills to make reasoned judgements and reach conclusions.


The emphasis here is for learners to demonstrate the essential skills relevant to the vocational sector by applying the appropriate processes, tools and techniques.


The emphasis here is for learners to analyse and evaluate the essential technical skills, processes, tools and techniques relevant to the vocational sector

GCSE 3D Design

EDUQAS Art and Design 3D design is a GCSE course, giving students a glimpse into a professional sector whilst teaching them transferable skills for life.

The qualifications give learners the opportunity to build skills that show an aptitude for further learning, in Design, Technology and Art. There is no limit to progression options as the skills acquired are applicable to a range of post-16 study options.

How will you be assessed?

Learners are required to complete and achieve all the components included in the qualification.

  • Component 1 is internally assessed, component 2 is an externally assessed exam.
    100% coursework, NO WRITTEN EXAM.
  • Component 1 Portfolio of coursework (60%)
  • Component 2 Externally set assignment (40%)

The two components focus on the assessment of knowledge, understanding, skills and material practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and, therefore, learners need to achieve all components in order to achieve the qualification.


NCFE LEVEL 1/2 Technical Award in Food and Cookery

About this qualification

The Level 1/2 Technical Award in Food and Cookery is designed for learners who want an introduction to food and cookery that includes a vocational and project-based element. The qualification will appeal to learners who wish to pursue a career in the food industry or progress onto further study.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is designed for learners aged 14 to 16 in schools and colleges, but is also accessible for post-16 learners.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific prior skills/knowledge a learner must have for this qualification.

How is this qualification structured?

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of all 7 mandatory content areas.

How is it assessed?

The qualification has 2 assessments externally-set by NCFE: one non-exam assessment and one written examined assessment. Only one attempt at each assessment is permitted.?

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

It is recommended that this qualification is delivered over 2 years.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners who achieve at level 1 might consider progression to level 2 qualifications post-16, such as:

  • GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition

Study at level 2 in a range of technical routes that have been designed for progression to employment, apprenticeships and further study.

Learners who achieve at level 2 might consider progression to level 3 qualifications post-16, such as:

  • Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition
  • Level 3 Technical Levels including T Level programmes (this will support progression to employment and higher education)

Career opportunities

Learners could progress into employment or onto an apprenticeship. The understanding and skills gained through this qualification could be useful to progress onto an apprenticeship in the food industry through a variety of occupations that are available within the sector, such as kitchen assistant, catering assistant, chef and sous chef.