This creative and thought-provoking A-level gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative and engineering industries. Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing products of their choice.
There will be a £25.00 cost towards this course, payable during the first term. This will be a contribution towards material costs and covers the whole two years.
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology (examined content)
In this component you will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and production technology. Like the modern designer, you will be required to have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. You will also study a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues.
There is also an element of Maths in this component.
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (controlled assessment)
This component will be evidenced through the production of a portfolio. Either individually and/or in consultation with a client. Students will be required to identify a problem and design context from which they develop a range of potential solutions and then realise one through practical making activities.
The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.
The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.
Where a student continues on to an A-level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 5.