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Design and technology A Level at Torquay Boys Grammar School

Course description

What do designers actually do?
How do things move or work?
How can you design products to be good to the environment?
How does a product stay popular in the market place?
How are products designed with the user in mind?

The new OCR A’ Level content reflects authentic practice, giving an insight into the way that creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries function. The OCR specifications also require you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills and reflects the importance of Design and Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.

Course content

- Design Engineering:
The content of this title is focused towards engineered and electronic products and systems; the analysis of these in respect of function, operation, components and materials, in order to understand their application and uses in engineered products/systems that have commercial viability

Key Features
- identifying requirements
- learning from existing products and practice
- implications of wider issues
- design thinking and communication
- material considerations
- technical understanding
- manufacturing processes and techniques
- viability of design solutions
- health and safety
- Assessment

This specification has 3 assessments;
- Non-examined ‘Iterative Design Project – a substantial design, make and evaluate project worth 50% of the A Level.
- Principles examination paper - assesses analysis of existing products, technical knowledge and understanding of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques and allows you to demonstrate your understanding of design thinking and wider social, moral and environmental issues. 25% of the A Level.
- Unseen Challenge - focuses on the application your knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products through a set design task, then reflecting on your design solution in relation to wider factors and other theoretical knowledge. 25% of the A Level

Future opportunities

Electrical , Electronic & Mechanical engineering, (in fields such as; aerospace; medical; armed forces; transport; computing; energy), consumer product design, engineering product design, marketing, industrial design consultancy, production engineering, project planning, furniture design, interior/exhibition design, advertising, display design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Torquay Boys Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2017

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