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Post 16 Studies

Design Technology

The Design & Technology department has two well-equipped workshops; a specialist electronics room; excellent ICT facilities that include CAD/CAM; and a dedicated textiles suite and fully equipped Food Technology area which gives our students access to a wide variety of manufacturing and catering processes.

A Level Design & Technology: Product Design - 3D

Exam BoardEdexcel

A Level Design & Technology: Product Design
The Subject Content for Design and Technology has been put together by the DfE, which worked with major stakeholders including Dyson, the Design and Technology Association (DATA) and the Royal Academy of Engineering. The content is split into 3 sections:

  • Core technical principles
  • Core design and making principles
  • Specialist knowledge

The A level subject content has a new requirement to include maths and science knowledge, skills and understanding. At least 15% of the written examination must assess mathematical skills at GCSE level (for example. ratios, number, percentages and geometry). Science skills required include Newton's laws of motion, Hooke's law and Ohm's law as appropriate to the designed product.

OverviewCoursework is now know as Non-Examined Assessment There has been a reduction in weighting from 60% to 50% of the qualification. All students need to produce a design and make project A level, a final prototype(s) based on a design brief developed by the Learner
Units studied

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology. Written exam, externally assessed

  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 50% of qualification
  • 120 marks

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions. as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

  • Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others
  • Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.
  • Students must answer all questions.
  • Students must have calculators and rulers in the examination Content is Topics 1 - 12

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project

  • Non-examined assessment, internally assessed and externally moderated
  • 50% of qualification
  • 120 marks
Future pathwaysStudents have progressed onto further degree / HND courses that span Architecture; Interior Design; Industrial & Product Design: Engineering and Computer Aided Design. Students have also successfully gained places on prestigious apprenticeships that include BAE Systems.