Design & Technology A Level
What will I learn?
A Level course (2 years)
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
Topic 1 Materials
Topic 2 Performance characteristics of materials
Topic 3 Processes and techniques
Topic 4 Digital technologies
Topic 5 Factors influencing the development of products
Topic 6 Effects of technological developments
Topic 7 Potential hazards and risk assessment
Topic 8 Features of manufacturing industries
Topic 9 Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
Topic 10 Current legislation
Topic 11 Information handling, modelling and forward planning
Topic 12 Further processes and techniques
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project
Part 1 Identifying opportunities for design:
Investigation of needs and research and production of a specification.
Part 2 Designing a prototype:
Producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a final design, review of development and final idea and communication of design ideas.
Part 3 Making a prototype:
Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy.
Part 4 Evaluating own design and prototype:
Testing and evaluation.
Ideally a Grade 4 or above in GCSE Design Technology, also GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above. If you haven’t studied design at GCSE then you must demonstrate a genuine commitment and interest; completing the set summer task.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year
Component 1: 2½-hour written exam in June. A Level weighting: 50%
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project. A Level weighting: 50%
Additional Learning Opportunities
Annual trips including a visit to Leeds to conduct a comparative shop report and product analysis.
Who is this course aimed at?
Design Technology is attractive to students who:
- have a creative streak and enjoy creating full-size working prototypes or furniture using wood, metal and plastics
- enjoy problem solving and practical work
- have an interest in either Furniture Design, Architecture, Product Design, Engineering, Industrial Design, Motorsport Design or Automotive Design
- are preparing for a wide range of higher education courses and employment
Many students go on to further education in areas including Product Design and Industrial Design, Engineering and Furniture Design. There are also courses in computer gaming design and various motorsport design degrees.
- A Level
- 2 Years