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Design Technology Standard Level Group 4

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time



Applications are open for our Sixth Form. We don't accept applications through Kent Choices - please visit our website to apply by following this link:

Design Technology is the subject that draws from and relates to all others. It looks at how we function as individuals and societies and helps us to consider how we can change our world for the better. Design helps us to identify problems and solve them using analytical research, conceptual thinking, prototyping, testing and evaluation, and manufacturing. 


This is an engaging course where students gain an in depth understanding of: the properties of materials and their uses; theories of marketing and promotion; the way that products are made in industry; how sustainable design and the future of product production is changing and will change further; modern technology in design and manufacture; and how to design for people- using physical and psychological data.

There is a mix of practical exploration, theory learning and design projects where knowledge and skills can be applied. We encourage students to identify problems and solve them using whichever materials and processes are most suitable. 

Standard and High Level
Core: Human Factors and Ergonomics, Resource Management and Sustainable Production, Modelling, Raw Material to Final Product, Innovation and Design, and Classic Design.
Higher Level Extension: User Centred Design, Sustainability, Innovation and Markets, and Commercial Production.

What do students say? “Not only is IB DT great because it allows you to study many different aspects of design and its relationship with the wider world, but it enables you to become a creative thinker and appreciate design in a range of contexts.” Sophie 

How will it be delivered?

Standard Level

Design project (40%)

Multiple choice (30%)

Applied design (30%)

Higher Level

Design project (40%)

Multiple choice (20%)

Applied design (20%)

Applied design (20%)

Entry requirements

All candidates should have GCSE Grade 6 or above (or its equivalent) in English, Mathematics, at least one Science and one language where studied. Standard Level requirement is 6 and Higher Level requirement is 7. Where equivalence cannot be established the School will set appropriate I/GCSE papers to confirm that the applicant is capable of satisfying the academic profile required for the subjects to be studied and the IB Diploma Programme as a whole.

Your next steps...

Many students have recently continued their design related studies at university, including Design Engineering (Imperial), Architecture (Nottingham Trent), Costume Design (Nottingham Trent), Marketing with Design (Leeds), and 3D Design (Bournemouth).


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