Design & Technology

Head of Department: Mr C Standford: cstandford@kingalfred.somerset.sch.uk

 

About the course:

This is a very exciting, interesting & stimulating subject. A subject that is be real, relevant and purposeful. Analysing the design and use of all sorts of products, developing an understanding of industrial processes and modern materials.

You build on the design skills and manufacturing skills you gained at GCSE and KS3.

 

What do you need?

GCSE grade C in Design and Technology, however, interest and commitment are just as important.

 

The full A Level is made up of two parts:

  • AS First half of A Level course 50%
  • A2 Second half of A Level course 50%

For more information on the course specification visit: The Edexcel website.

 

 

AS Product Design Assessment:

For the AS section of the course you will be assessed on:

  • Portfolio of creative skills – 60% of AS grade
  • Written exam – 40% of AS grade
  • Portfolio of creative skills

 

In this unit you are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

You will produce one portfolio that contains evidence for all three distinct sections.

Written exam - Design and technology in practice.

 

In this unit you will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. The knowledge and understanding you need in this unit is developed alongside their Portfolio of Creative Skills.

It is a 1 hour 30 minute examination set and marked externally. The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

 

A2 Product Design Assessment:

For the A2 section of the course you will be assessed on:

  • Design & Make Project – 60% of A2 grade
  • Designing for the future Examination – 40% of A2 grade

  

Design & Make Project

In this unit you are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of your choice that comply with the requirements of a resistant materials technology product.

 

This unit results in the development of an appropriate product supported by a design folder.

Design Examination – Designing for the future

In this unit you will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. You must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design.

 

It is a 2-hour examination paper set and marked externally. The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

  

 

Future prospects:

On completing this course you should find a wide range of university courses available to you, particularly design based degrees such as Product design, Interior design, Architecture and Engineering. Some students also seek employment in Engineering, particularly in Product Design and CAD/CAM.