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Design & Technology A level at Hartismere School

Course description

What is in the course?
The course is concerned with design activity, centred around manufactured artefacts. You will develop practical and communication skills together with a knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes. Designing skills will be developed together with effective design communication techniques, to include drawing, modelling, photography, information technology and reprographics.


Course content

AS One Year Course
Unit 1: Advanced Innovation Challenge - Product Design option 
This requires candidates to design and model in a design workshop or examination room and complete a workbook and question paper.
Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative skills - Graphics option 
A coursework unit comprising your work demonstrating aspects of the course to include: a Product investigation, a Creative Design Exercise and evidence of Practical Work carried out in the school workshop.
Unit 2: Product Study - Product Design option 
This consists of product analysis and development, prototype modelling and testing.
Unit 2: A 1.5 hour written - drawing exam - Graphics option 
This tests your knowledge of materials, manufacturing, designing and drawing skills.

A Level Two Year Course
Unit 3: A Design, Make and Evaluate Project - Product Design option 
Produce a design portfolio demonstrating designing, planning, making and evaluation skills, together with a prototype of the product which has been designed.
Unit 3: Design and Make/Model Coursework - Graphics option 
A design Portfolio together with a model or prototype of a product or building of your choice. The project will involve working with a client/ user and demonstrate your ability to respond creatively to a design brief.
Unit 4: Examination - Product Design option 
This is focused towards products and applications and their analysis in respect of; materials, components and their uses, manufacturing processes and industrial and commercial practices.
Unit 4: Examination - Designing for the Future - Graphics option 
Tests your knowledge of current design and manufacturing techniques and systems, and wider aspects of design.

What can you expect from lessons? 
You will develop practical and communication skills associated with designing and making products. You will gain knowledge and understanding of manufacturing techniques and an appreciation of the wider aspects of design.

Entry requirements

It would be helpful if you have studied Design and Technology at GCSE attaining a grade B.


Assessment is through a mix of coursework and exam. 

Future opportunities

The course is suitable for students wishing to develop their designing and creative skills and those who may wish to progress further in the fields of engineering, graphic design ,architecture and product design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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