Cambridge Nationals Engineering

What is Engineering Design?

The Cambridge National Engineering qualifications provide an engaging, robust, broad-based introduction to engineering. The courses comprise of a range of specialist units that underpin the knowledge and skills that are valued in the engineering sector. They reflect the breadth of opportunity and enable further exploration of specific areas of interest. English and mathematics have been contextualised within the assessment aims. This allows learners to practice these essential skills in naturally occurring and meaningful contexts, where appropriate.

Which careers could 'Engineering Design' lead to?

  • Architecture, including interior architecture and landscape architecture.
  • Product design
  • Industrial design
  • Interior design
  • Graphic design
  • Engineering (all branches including but not limited to: civil, bionics, climate, cryogenics, CGI effects, energy conservation, medical imaging, robotics, stadium, transport, and software)
  • Software tester
  • Disaster relief specialist
  • Digital musician
  • Smart cities specialist
  • Rehabilitation engineer
  • Games designer
  • Prosthetics technician
  • Animator
  • Special effects director
  • Certified ethical hacker
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Furniture designer and maker
  • Apprenticeships, including:
  • Engineering model maker
  • Design and draughting technician
  • Civil Engineering technician
  • Theatre set carpenter
  • Mechanic
  • Plumber
  • Electrician

Recommended Websites: - online magazine

Design Museum

Design week magazine


Design Council


Technology Student


The Louisiana Channel, Design Playlist

Advice from Daniel Libeskind

Interview with Daniel Libeskind

Interview with Sir Norman Foster


Design Museum

V&A Museum

Tate Modern

Recommended Reading :

Cambridge National Level 1/2 Award/Certificate in Engineering Design by Jonathan Adams

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