Curriculum Leader

Mr M Smith

Awarding Body

AQA Course Specification

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 or higher in GCSE Design & Technology or with approval of curriculum leader if Technology not previously studied.

Why choose Technology (Product Design)?

As a maturing student you will be free to manage much of your time in your own way. You can select and make your own coursework end product that you can take with you when you leave, most useful at interviews. The course structure and its semi-practical nature make a welcome, and for some students essential, break from other more openly academic studies. The design & technology based career opportunities are vast and rates of pay are high in both the service and industrial sectors.

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What will I learn in Year 12 and how will it be assessed?

In Y12 we will study materials, processes, tools, manufacturing techniques, CAD/CAM, the design process, influences on design and the design movements. Simultaneously the internally assessed coursework element will be on-going. Your progress will be mapped out using the easy to understand coursework monitor system accessible to all students.
Throughout the course there will be regular theory assessment using examination questions and whole examination papers. This will enable you to determine what to focus on in your revision time.

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What will I learn in Year 13 and how will it be assessed?

In Y13 we will study further materials, processes, tools and manufacturing techniques with a further study into finishing techniques, CAD/CAM, the design process, influences on design and environmental impact. Simultaneously the internally assessed coursework practical element will be ongoing.

There are two externally assessed examinations and a non-examined assessment (NEA).

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How will I learn?

Learning takes place through exploration of the specification with a range of teaching and learning strategies. In parallel with theory teaching students gain a significant amount of knowledge and understanding of the design process through their coursework. Design skills learnt here can be applied in the examination as can knowledge of materials, their working properties and associated manufacturing processes.

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Due to the wide range of materials that may be used to produce the end product students have a wide range of degree qualifications available to them including Product design, Graphic Design, Industrial design, Design & Technology, Design engineering, electrical & electronic engineering.

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A qualification in Design & Technology opens the gateway to a wide range of engineering and design based careers. For those going into employment the course provides an excellent platform to undertake posts within the design, engineering, service and maintenance sectors where on the job training or higher level apprenticeships are offered.

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Further Course Information

Pupils studying A-level Design & Technology will gain a range of transferable skills including project planning and management, analytical skills, research and investigation skills. The course is specifically designed to dovetail with design based degree courses at university.

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