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Design & Technology AS/A2 Level at Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School

Course description

The course has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. Candidates are encouraged to:
• Make use of tacit knowledge and reflective practices in order to work with tasks that are challenging and often require definition
• Develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice
• Recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the
production of high-quality products
• Develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and historical perspective
• Draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas
• Draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technology activities
• Develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices
• Use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability
• Recognise the values inherent in design and technological activities, and develop
critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental,
sustainable, social, cultural and entrepreneurial contexts.

Course content

The D&T Product Design3D will help you develop a number of skills:
• How to assemble data and assess it
• How to investigate facts and use deduction
• How to put over your point of view fluently
• How to work as a team to achieve results
• How to take responsibility for your own learning

Entry requirements

A Grade B or above in GCSE Resistant Materials, or double award Engineering is normally required.
Students who have only followed Graphics GCSE are advised not to take A level Resistant Materials Product Design at A level.


In the first year you’ll have two assessments. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your total marks. The coursework and your design portfolio account for another 25% of your marks.
Year two is the same. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your marks and the
coursework and your design portfolio account for the final 25% of your A Level marks.

Future opportunities

Design and Technology is a valuable subject to study at A level if you are interested in following a number of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product or automotive design but what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe if CAD for industry appeals to you more then, this course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Wordsworth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years