Design and Technology - Product Design A Level

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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Closing Date for applications is Friday 12th February 2021.

Any applications received after this date will be treated as a late application. 

What is the course about and for whom is it suitable?
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers and especially those in the creative industries. Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by creating products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment

Through theoretical lessons and designing and manufacturing tasks. Students are expected to utilise time outside contact lessons to complete homework and coursework tasks.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

Design Technology is recognised by many Universities as being one of the most useful subjects available, due to the analytical and creative thinking elements that it focuses upon. The course enables students to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study, that also gives an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. The course has been a ‘springboard’ into a wide variety of courses and careers. In the last few years our students have gone on to study: Industrial Design, Product Design, Engineering, Industrial Design and Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Automotive design, and Computer Illustration in some of the best universities in the country as well as taking on apprenticeships or employment using Computer Aided Design

Method of Study and Assessment

The A level is split into three units. A coursework design and manufacture unit weighted at 50% of the A2 and two examination units each 25% of the A2 qualification.

Unit 1

Core technical, and designing and making principles, and additional specialist knowledge are assessed in the examination unit and questions are in Multiple choice, short answer and extended response format.

30% of A Level      2 1/2 hour written paper

Unit 2

Specialist knowledge, technical, designing and making principles, are assessed in the examination unit. The questions are in multiple choice, short answer and extended response format.

20% of A Level      1 1/2 hour written paper

Unit 3

Practical applications of technical, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge are assessed in the coursework design and manufacture unit. Students undertake a single design and make project. The coursework is 50% of the qualification and will be submitted as a written or digital design portfolio with photographic evidence of final prototype.

50% of A Level Written design portfolio, Manufactured outcome


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