The course helps you to take a broad view of design and technology, develop your capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. It is essential and expected that you will spend some of your private study time working independently (under supervision) in the workshop and studio. You will develop an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components. You should understand why these are used in specific applications with particular emphasis on the life-cycle of products including manufacture, use and disposal. You should have a good understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products.
Paper 1: A 3 hour examination (50%) with sections on:
- Core technical principles
- Design making principles
The examination will assess the ability to analyse and evaluate wider issues in design and technology. This paper will test mathematical and scientific knowledge which will account for 15% of the marks.
Practical Application: 45 hours (50%)
Substantial design and make task
The course has 50% coursework in order to recognise the importance of project based work within this subject. The course accommodates coursework that focuses on Resistant Materials, Product Design or a combination of two elements, but the final outcome(s) must be 3D.
This course is suitable for students who have an interest in design and innovation, have studied a GCSE in Design Technology (Product Design; Resistant Materials or Graphic Products) and achieved a Grade 6 or above. It is a balance of academic and practical tasks and is a good subject to combine with Mathematics and Physics. You should have a working knowledge of materials along with some knowledge of designers and Design Movements. It is expected that you take an interest in this subject outside of school by visiting galleries, exhibitions and talks to help broaden your knowledge and understanding.