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Year 10 Engineering Programmable Systems

Cambridge National in Engineering Programmable Systems


Cambridge Nationals in Engineering Programmable Systems teaches the fundamentals of electronic circuits. Students will design, construct and test electronic and programmable circuits as well as looking at how computer and microprocessor systems are used in a variety of engineering activities.

The course is suitable for students with an interested in Maths and Science, it covers a wide range of learning styles and is made up of three equally weighted units. Students will be awarded either a Level 1 or Level 2 award at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction* upon successfully completing the course.

Specification at a glance

Exam Board: OCR 

Specification Code: J824







Unit R047:

Principles of electronic and programmable systems




1 hour 15 mins



JuneYear 11


Externally assessed by means of a written exam


Unit R048: 

Making and testing electronic circuits




10 -12 hours



Summer Term Year 10


Internally assessed and externally moderated.


Unit R049:

Developing programmable systems




10 - 12 hours


Autumn/Spring term Year 11


Internally assessed and externally moderated.

What will my child study during Year 10?

These student will be studying the following areas in Yr10

Unit R047: Principles of electronic and programmable systems

Topic Area 1: Basic electronic circuit principles

Topic Area 2: Electronic and programmable systems, components and devices

Topic Area 3: Methods of prototyping and testing systems and circuits

Topic Area 4: Commercial circuit production and construction methods

Unit R048: Making and testing electronic circuits

Topic Area 1: Drawing and simulating electronic circuits

Topic Area 2: Constructing electronic circuits

Topic Area 3: Safely test and evaluate electronic circuits

Specification document with more information can be found here: https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/610948-specification-cambridge-nationals-engineering-programmable-systems-j824.pdf

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Engineering Programmable Systems in Year 10?

Students will be assessed on Unit R047 through in class assessments based on previous exam questions at the end of the Autumn and Spring Term, with a MOCK examination for Unit R047 in June/July and a mark will be awarded.

Students complete a practice task for Unit R048 in the Autumn/Spring Term.  They will then undertake Unit R048 assessment work in class during the Summer Term which will be worth 30% of their overall grade.  Grades will be available on Satchel and are subject to exam board moderation.

Students’ progress that is below expectation on coursework assessments will be required to attend after school catch-up sessions and parents will be notified through a phone call or email home.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 10 in Engineering Programmable Systems?

Students will be set weekly homework that they will be expected to spend around 1 hour completing Access to a computer and the internet will be required for some homework tasks.

How can I support my child to do well in Engineering Programmable Systems during Year 10?

  • Ensure they complete their homework properly
  • Support them by ensuring they have somewhere suitable to work, away from distractions but with online access as required.
  • Buy a revision guide (order forms available to download via this website)
  • Support them to revise and prepare properly for each test
  • Encourage them to attend after school catch-up sessions if they fall behind with their work

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • After school catch up sessions for coursework will be available.
  • Students should be encouraged to seek assistance from their teacher when they are struggling with any concept.
Updated September 2023