This is a two year course which will result in a single A Level. This can be taken in a combination with other level 3 courses (including A level, IB and vocational).
If taken in combination with two IB courses and a vocational course, students will be taking the IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career-related Pathway).
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes 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. Students may study engineering, architecture, theatre design and interior design at further education on completion this course. Many students select Product Design as a creative and enjoyable subject to balance their other subject selection.
Paper 1: Technical principles (examination) 30% of A-level
Paper 2: Designing and making principles (examination) 20% of A-level
Non-exam assessment (coursework): Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. 50% of A-level
Grade 4 or above in a GCSE Design and Technology subject or a BTEC Pass or above in an associated subject e.g. Engineering.
Career opportunities are vast. Students could continue with their studies at university and choose to enter the world of computer generated cartoons, animation, computer aided design for industry, architecture, interior and exhibition design, or advertising.
These are only some examples of the possibilities. On completing the A Level, possible areas of employment could be, for example, in the media and creative industries, engineering and manufacturing industries.