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AS/A2 Level : Design and Technology at De Lisle College

Course description

This exciting, creative and challenging course allows you to build on your experience of GCSE D&T.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The course is best suited for students with an interest in either, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Food Manufacturing, Engineering, Built Environment, Systems and Control. Ideally, you should have achieved a grade 'B' or better at GCSE. However,genuine creativity and motivation for the subject are just as important. 

Course content

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The focus of AS level Design and Technology is extremely analytical rather than practical. For example, you will need to consider WHY products have been designed in a certain way, WHAT the constraints were and HOW it could be improved.

AS: Unit 1 - Advanced Innovation Challenge,

Unit 2 - Product study - Redesigning and modelling an existing product.

A2: Unit 3 - Design, make and evaluate,

Unit 4 - Product Design exam.

HOW WILL I LEARN?

Design and making skills are delivered through the AS and A2 internally assessed coursework. It is not expected that each section of the 'knowledge and understanding' identified in the subject criteria for Design and Technology will be covered in isolation, but rather that topic areas will be taught in parallel or in conjunction with the needs of the scheme of work and within designing and making activities.

Entry requirements

Ideally you should have achieved a grade 'B' or better at GCSE Design and Technology either Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology, Product Design, Electronic Products or Food Technology.

However, students who have GCSE's in either Electronic Products or Food Technology may need extra development of their material knowledge in year 12.

Assessment

WHAT EXAMINATIONS ARE THERE?

AS:

Unit 1 - Advanced Innovation Challenge (A timed design and make examination - 2 x 3 hour sessions and 1 x 1 hour session 40%

Unit 2 - Product Study - Redesigning and modelling an existing product 60%

A2:

Unit 3 - Design, Make and Evaluate 60%

Unit 4 - Product Design 40%

Future opportunities

Any design industry, from Fashion and Textiles to Product Design or Architectural Design. All manufacturing and engineering industries. Any career which employs creative problem solving.

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Art and Design and Computing or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Design and Technology, which could lead onto higher education in areas of and design, technology, architecture, engineering, product design or more general higher education courses.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Art and Design or Computing to prepare for higher education in areas of and design, technology, architecture or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to design and technology such as a Product Designer, Graphic Designer, Engineer, Inventor, Architect or Computer Technician.

Further information

The college holds an open evening in October, and prospective students may attend and discuss the course with A level Design and Technology staff.

Alternatively, prospective students may contact The Head of Sixth Form or The Head of Design and Technology, for further information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Lisle College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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