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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that reflects authentic practice, giving you an insight into the way that creative, engineering and manufacturing industries function.

The A-level specification requires you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills and reflects the importance of Design and Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths at grade 5 [B] or above.  In addition, applicants should have GCSE Design Technology at grade C or above. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

Course Content

The content of this course is focused towards engineered and electronic products and systems. You will analyse these in respect of function, operation, components and materials in order to understand their application and uses in engineered products/systems that have commercial viability.

During the two-year course, you will study a range of materials. You will develop a technical understanding of how products function and how they are made to support the design and manufacture of your own design solutions appropriately. You will learn about wider design principles and the effect of design on users and the world we live in.

You will identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products. You will deepen your subject knowledge, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture.

You will develop a critical mind through enquiry and problem solving, exploration, creation and evaluation of iterative designs. We encourage freedom in approaches towards designing and making so as not to limit the possibilities of your project work or the materials and processes being used.

How will I be assessed?

A non-examined ‘Iterative Design Project’ is a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. It is worth 50% of the A-level qualification. You will be required to identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of your own choice, and create a chronological portfolio supported by real–time evidence of your project development. Innovative approaches will be required, resulting in a final prototype that can be tested against the user and the market.

The ‘Principles’ examination paper is worth 26.7% (80 marks) of the A- level qualification and assesses analysis of existing products, technical knowledge and understanding of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques. It allows you to demonstrate your understanding of design thinking and wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries. The paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long.

The ‘Problem Solving’ paper is worth 23.3% (70 marks) of the A-level qualification and requires you to apply your knowledge and understanding through higher level thinking skills, reflecting on the viability of products and possible design solutions in context and being able to make critical judgements on the most appropriate methods and outcomes. The paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject. This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources. However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials. You will also need to make a contribution towards any compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

What can I do after this course?

 

This course allows access to a range of future careers in the design and engineering industries, such as product design, engineering, architecture, fashion and graphic design. It will develop your design and thinking skills in ways that open up a world of possibility and provide you with the tools to create the future.

 

 

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

 

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Yikai Shen

Yikai Shen

Aiming for a career in financial services

Aiming for a career in financial services, Yikai Shen chose to study A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business at Derby College before continuing his education at Imperial College, London.

A British education is recognised throughout the world as the best. My biggest challenge at College was obviously the language but I worked hard and gained a lot of support from tutors at the College.

Derby is a very nice city and I settled in well. I made a lot of good friends and everyone was very welcoming
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