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Design & Technology: Graphic Products A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study Design & Technology?

Good design is vital to our world and our economy. Attractive styling attracts us to a product whilst graphic design is used to promote it through the medium of marketing. Although many people will say that the UK is no longer a manufacturing nation, nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the traditional 'heavy' industries may have gone but there is still a strong demand for students in the design, engineering and construction industries who are capable of developing manufacturing solutions to today's problems. This course provides you with a solid base from which to develop your design and making skills, using the full range of materials to become designers and engineers of the future. 

This course allows students to apply the extensive design and making skills they have developed during previous years to a design and make project of their own choice. Their design will provide a solution to a 'real' problem linked to product design, interior design or architecture. Students are expected to work with a genuine client who will review their work at various stages during the project.

This course combines diverse areas of DT and is suitable for anybody who has studied Resistant Materials or Graphics at GCSE. 

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

There will be a series of small projects to learn the theoretical content in preparation for the exam and to build up your skills before starting your final major project for the coursework. Students will be taught how to complete all aspects of a comprehensive design and make process. Students will learn how to analyse a product’s design: Why does it look like that? What materials have been used? Why are they suitable?... Nothing has ‘just been made’, everything around us has been designed carefully thinking about the user and the environment it will be used in. 

Students will be asked to design a product for a given situation. During this you will develop your designing skills and be encouraged to explore sketching techniques. You will not be expected to make every design you produce so you are not limited to the materials and processes in the department so let your imagination run wild and show us what you know! During the projects you will develop a bank of theoretical knowledge, and your practical skills and attention to detail, and to work when given a set of drawings to follow.

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

5 A*-C. B in a design related subject at GCSE. Students achieving a C will require departmental approval. You need to select an option between Graphics and Resistant Materials, only one of which can be taken.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam at the end of Year 13 to test the theory learnt over the two years. Coursework 50%, exam 50%.

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

Students often go on to study product design, architecture, interior or graphic design at university. Students studying an Art foundation course find it helps to demonstrate a wider range of skills in a portfolio. It is a subject that links well other areas of the curriculum for those who may not want to pursue design as career.  

Further information

For further information please contact the Head of Design and Technology Miss C Lee ( or 01480 375700).

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Tg