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Product Design at Thomas Gainsborough School

Course description

(a) is intended to be of interest to a wide range of candidates including those intending to directly follow a higher education course or career in Design and Technology or an associated area. Those with other interests and aspirations can also benefit from the many transferable skills inherent in the study of Design and Technology;

(b) builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established by the National Curriculum and GCSE, whilst at the same time, accommodating the needs of candidates who have not studied Design and Technology at GCSE Level;

(d) provides opportunities for candidates to gain a broad understanding
of the skills, understanding and knowledge inherent
in Design and Technology and to specialise in one focus area;
(c) promotes progression through the AS and A Level and provides a suitable foundation for the study of Design and Technology, or a related area of study, at further or higher education and / or preparation for future employment and
the world of work;
(e) encourages candidates to develop their critical thinking, to see the relationships between designer, manufacturer and user and to perceive Design and Technology within the world in which we live;
(f) provides opportunities to develop their Key Skills, particularly those in problem solving, use of IT and communication. They will also have opportunities to develop
their skills in application of number, working with others and improving own learning and performance.

Entry requirements

Grade C at GCSE in Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Product Design.


AS DT1: 2 hour exam worth 20 %

      DT2: Design and make Task 60 hours worth 30%

A2 DT3: 2 ½ hour exam worth 20%
      DT4: Design and make Task 60 hours worth 30%

Future opportunities

Degree in the following areas: product design, graphics, illustration, architecture etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Gainsborough School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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