KS4 Design and Technology

OCR Nationals in Engineering Design

Engineering design is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities. This qualification is an opportunity for students to develop a design specification and study the processes involved in designing new engineered products. They’ll use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification will also encourage them to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, will engage them in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.

The OCR Engineering Design course is split into 4 Assignment all weighted equally over 2 years. 

R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements 

Written paper OCR set and marked 1 hour – 60 marks Students answer all questions

R106: Product analysis and research. Centre-assessed task, OCR moderated.

Students complete an assignment where they disassemble a product looking at how each component has been manufactured. Students need to look closely at how each of the components within the product work and how they interact with each other to make it successful. 

Students then evaluate the environmental impact of their product along with the current legislation.

R107: Developing and presenting engineering designs. Centre-assessed task, OCR moderated

Students Design a product to meet a context set by the exam board.

Students start by producing design ideas for a product before developing their design using computer modelling software. Students then modify and enrich their design looking at how it can be manufactured in detail. 

R108: 3D design realisation. Centre-assessed task, OCR moderated

Students complete a practical assignment to produce a 3D outcome from an engineering drawing. Students are assessed on their ability to work safely and produce their product with precision and accuracy.

Students then evaluate their product and suggest improvements.

NCFE in Graphic Design

The Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design complements GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds studying Key Stage 4 curriculum who are interested in any aspect of graphic design, including sourcing ideas and design.

This qualification focuses on an applied study of the graphic design sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector.

This qualification has been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects and is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences.

Unit 01 Introduction to graphic design

30 Marks

Internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio:

Interactive guide to the components of Graphic Design
Experimentation with the components of Graphic Design through mixed media and CAD.

Unit 02 Graphic design practice

30 Marks

Internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio:

Investigation into different disciplines and famous designers within Graphic Design industry. 
Analysis of key characteristics in the work of famous designers.
Application of skills to create a graphic product in the style of a chosen designer.

Unit 03 - Responding to a graphic design brief

30 Marks

Internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio:

Analysing a real-world graphic design task.
Experimenting with components of graphic design and developing these to create a solution to the graphic design problem.

Unit 04 - Graphic design portfolio

30 Marks

Internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio:

Investigating careers in Graphic Design industries.
Investigating portfolio formats to promote and present design work.
Produce a Graphic Design portfolio to showcase the learner’s best work.

Externally assessed practical exam (10 hours)




Useful Links 

All links to resources, useful websites and further reading are available through Google classroom for all groups once you have enrolled on the course.



All links to resources, useful websites and further reading are available through Google classroom for all groups once you have enrolled on the course.


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.