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A Level Design Technology at JCoSS

Course description

A course in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity for students to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops students’ interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

Course content

DT1: Examination Paper (20% 2 Hours)

This paper will contain two sections which will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the subject content for one focus area listed under:
4.1.1 Designing and innovation; 4.1.2 Product analysis;
4.2.1 Materials and components; 4.2.2 Industrial and commercial practice.
Section A questions require short answers: Section B questions require open-ended, essay type responses.

DT2: Design and Make Task (30% approximately 40 Hours)

Candidates will submit one design and make task which will satisfy the AS assessment criteria.

DT3: Examination Paper (20%, 2.5 Hours)

This paper consists of three sections and will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the whole subject content of one focus area. Section A and B questions require short answers and Section C questions require open-ended essay type responses and will specifically address the subject specification content listed under:
4.1.1 Designing and innovation; 4.1.2 Product analysis;
4.1.3 Human responsibility; 4.1.4 Public interaction;
4.2.1 Materials and components; 4.2.2 Industrial and commercial practice.
 4.2.3 Processes; 4.2.4 Production systems and control

DT4: Major Project (30%, approximately 60 Hours)

Candidates will undertake a single substantial project. Each year the WJEC will set eight themes for the project, though candidates may also submit their own proposals for approval. The project requires candidates to demonstrate the integration of designing and making skills and knowledge and understanding. Candidates will submit a major project which will satisfy the A level assessment criteria.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the course you will need at least a B grade at GCSE in Design & Technology. Design and Technology requires a genuine interest in solving problems through innovative and creative solutions. You need to be able to work independently and sustain an investigation. Independent attendance at museums and exhibitions is essential to inspire ideas and keep up to date with current materials and technologies.

Assessment

Assessment at AS and A2 consists of examination and major project units. Examinations are externally assessed by the WJEC and major projects are marked by the centre and moderated by the WJEC.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JCoSS directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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