Designers and Engineers make our everyday lives more efficient, safe and enjoyable. This subject is one that will constantly develop and adapt to the outside world. Pupils at Cranleigh experience the latest cutting edge technology as they harness the skills that allow them to stay ahead of the curve in today’s fast moving and ever changing society.
The Design Engineering department at Cranleigh offers OCR Design & Technology at GCSE, leading to Design Engineering and Product Design at A Level. These specifications aim to assess a student’s design and manufacturing capability whilst rewarding and recognising imagination, creativity, innovation and flair. We welcome any pupil, whether they’ve previously experienced a design and technology course or have simply shown an interest or passion for the subject. This subject is highly valuable for a career in any sphere of product or industrial design, engineering, architecture, graphics, fashion, media or marketing. It is also a strong supporting A Level for degree courses in any of the pure or applied sciences.
Trips & Events
Each year the department aims to provide a number of opportunities for pupils to visit local industry sites and further education institutions. Educational visits include the annual Design Engineering and Product Design in Action events where numerous guest speakers deliver lectures and seminars at top universities around the country. Alongside educational visits, pupils will also have the opportunity to compete in a number of regional and national competitions at various points throughout the year. Our Design Engineers also compete in the VEX Robotics competition each year where in the past teams from Cranleigh have been crowned National Championships and represented the UK at the World Championships. The department also offers a bi-annual overseas trip to visit a number of factories and museums and other sites related to design and engineering. In the past the department has visited Bologna and Munich with similar trips in the pipeline.
Cranleighans who pursue an A Level in Design Engineering often continue their studies in the fields of architecture and various engineering disciplines such as mechanical, electrical and robotics engineering. Cranleighans who pursue an A Level in Product Design often continue their studies in the fields of industrial and product design including graphic and interior design.
Head of Design Engineering