GCSE Design Engineering

The subject content of Design Engineering is focused towards engineered and electronic products and systems; the analysis of these in respect of function, operation, components and materials, in order to understand their application and uses in engineered products/ systems that have a commercial viability. Pupils will be required to use critical thinking leading towards invention and design innovation, to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and other’s needs, wants and values. Reflecting authentic practice, giving an insight into the way that creative, engineering and manufacturing industries function. Applying mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding skills, reflecting the importance of Design Engineering & Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.

Course Content

The Iterative Design Challenge 50%.

  • The Iterative Design Challenge is a single Design Engineering task that is worth 50% of the qualification.
  • There will be three open and real-world contexts for pupils to interpret and explore, creating iterations when designing and making through the processes of ‘explore, create and evaluate’.
  • The Iterative Design Challenge starts on the 1st June in the 4th Form.

Principles of Design and Technology 50%.

  • This is a single examination component with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content.
  • ‘Core’ reflects the knowledge and understanding of design and technology principles that all pupils should demonstrate.
  • ‘In-depth’ reflects the knowledge and understanding of design and technology principles relating to Design Engineering.
  • This examination is 2 hours.

Pupils will:

  • develop an awareness and understanding of real-life experiences in designing and in the developments and opportunities seen in creative, manufacturing and engineering industries
  • demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place within contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice
  • develop an experienced understanding of an iterative design process and the relevance of these to industry practice
  • develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ (and stakeholders) needs, wants and values
  • use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing
  • develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas whilst designing and making
  • communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing
  • develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing their own project work
  • develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes
  • become independent and critical thinkers who can adapt their technical knowledge and understanding to different design situations
  • consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products



Potential careers

Product Design and Design Engineering may lead to courses in architecture, engineering, design, industrial design, interior design, materials science, transport design, advertising, marketing and product design.

Contact for further information

Mr JA Inglis: JAI@wellingtoncollege.org.uk