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A Level: Design and Technology (DT) at De Lisle College

Course description

This exciting and challenging course allows you to build on your experience of GCSE Design & Technology.

It is focused towards consumer products and applications; their analysis in respect of materials, components, and marketability to understand their selection and uses in industrial and commercial practices of product development.

Course content

Product Design: focused towards consumer products and applications; their analysis in respect of materials, components, and marketability to understand their selection and uses in industrial and commercial practices of product development.

During the two year course, you will study a range of materials. You will develop a technical understanding of how products function and how they are made to appropriately support the design and manufacture of your own design solutions. You will learn about wider design principles and the affect of design on users and the world we live in.

A non-examined ‘Iterative Design Project’ is a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. It is worth 50% of the A Level qualification. You will be required to identify a design opportunity from a context of your own choice, and create a portfolio supported by real–time evidence of your project development. Innovative approaches will be required resulting in a final prototype that can be tested against the user and the market.

The ‘Principles’ examination paper is worth 26.7% (80 marks) of the A Level qualification and 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 that impact on the design and manufacturing industries. The paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long.

The ‘Problem Solving’ paper is worth 23.3% (70 marks) of the A Level qualification and requires learners to apply their knowledge and understanding through higher level thinking skills, reflecting on the viability of products and possible design solutions in context and being able to make critical judgements on the most appropriate methods and outcomes. The paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long.

Entry requirements

This course is most suitable for students who have studied Graphic Products, Product Design or Resistant Materials at GCSE.

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 5 in GCSE Design & Technology.

 

Assessment

For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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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 with other subjects 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 ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.

 

Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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