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A Level Design & Technology

Product Design

Head of Department: Mr S. Sarsfield

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 7552

Course Entry Requirement: GCSE Design and Technology grade 6

Course Content

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

The course will encourage students to:

  • develop and sustain their own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability, to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products;
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice;
  • apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices;
  • use ICT to enhance their design and technological capability;
  • develop an understanding of health and safety, to develop moral, spiritual, ethical, social and cultural awareness inherent in design and technological activity and to develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, economic, environmental, social, and cultural contexts;
  • develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices;
  • develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively.


Course Assessment

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.

Paper 1: 2 hours, 25%, Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

Paper 2: 2 hours, 25%, Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

NEA (Non exam assessment): 45 hours 50% Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

Who should study DT?

Students should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products or systems and an interest in the processes and products of design and technological activity.

Apart from having a broad academic background, potential students need to have undertaken a course that provides a foundation for this course. GCSE design and technology would be ideal. Prior study of art and design, physics, chemistry, business studies, computing, information and communication technology or electronics would also be an advantage.

Studying DT would be highly advantageous to those considering careers in engineering, product and the wider creative industries.  The course directly builds upon knowledge and skills gained through GCSE Design Technology.

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