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Design and Technology AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at St Christopher School

Course description

Because it is fun! It offers a satisfying academic – yes, academic - pursuit that involves far less sitting down than most other subjects!

Because it involves a wide range of enjoyable activities that develop your creative, intellectual and making abilities.  You will produce high quality folio work and well engineered/crafted practical projects and demonstrate your increased understanding of design theory.  You will experience and become more expert in the use of a wide range of skills, tools, machines and processes.

You will share in discussions and learning based around the wider world of technology and products – their impact on people, their design and manufacture, what has influenced the development of various strands of technology in modern life.

Course content

AS Course (AQA specification 1551)

Unit 1 (Theory exam)
Materials, Components  and Applications
Definitions, Examples, Properties.  Sketching, Product Analysis + some designing.

Unit 2 (Coursework Project)
1.  Investigation and Clarification of Problems              8 marks
2.  Development of Design Proposal                            24 marks
3.  Making / Modelling                                                  24 marks
4.  Evaluation + Testing                                               12 marks
5.  Communication + Presentation                              12 marks

A2 Course (AQA specification 2551)

Unit 3 (Theory Exam)
Design + Manufacture.
Design + Market influences.
Processes + Manufacture.
Materials + Components. 

Unit 2 (Coursework Project)
1.  Investigation and Clarification of Problems              8 marks
2.  Development of Design Proposal                            24 marks
3.  Making / Modelling                                                  24 marks
4.  Evaluation + Testing                                               12 marks
5.  Communication + Presentation                              12 marks

 

A2 Course (AQA specification 2551)

Unit 3 (Theory Exam)
Design + Manufacture.
Design + Market influences.
Processes + Manufacture.
Materials + Components.

INCLUDES AS THEORY CONTENT

Section 1: Famous Designer, Sustainability, Technological Developments, etc
Section 2: Influence of ICT: CADCAM, Systems/Safety, QAQC, Scales of Production, etc

Unit 4 (Coursework Project)
1.  Context + Objectives                                                5 marks
2.  Plan of Action + Clarification of Problem                    8 marks
3.  Development of Design Proposal                            26 marks
4.  Manufacturing / Modelling                                       26 marks
5.  Conclusions, Evaluations, Recommendations         12 marks
6.  Communication + Presentation                              8 marks

Entry requirements

Thinking creatively and analytically, communicating effectively using a wide range of methods.  These will include explaining concepts, clear annotation, freehand sketching, model-making and detailed drawing, Computer-Aided Design.

Being self-disciplined with coursework: keeping to specific short-term deadlines and also pacing yourself carefully with long-term project work.  You will need stamina and a ‘little and often’ approach rather than intermittent late nights! Ideally you will be keen to attend extra-curricular sessions.

Ideally you will have completed a successful high grade GCSE project displaying a good level of practical skill, and found the theory exam content at that level to have been both interesting and relatively easy to master.

Assessment

You will be taught by both teachers in the Department. Each year the bulk of your time will focus on the design and manufacture of a single substantial Project of your own choosing (with our agreement!). There will also be regular theory lessons (spiced up with props, DVDs, etc).  As the year progresses, you will focus increasingly on the project and teachers will support you with this in lessons and in after-school sessions.  You would be expected to put in extra-curricular workshop time, being very welcome at after-school ‘shed’ sessions as well as during any study periods that suit you.

Financial information

Fees will be payable for this course. Further details regarding scholarships, bursaries and exact fees are available on the website.

Future opportunities

D&T is relevant to a wide range of career disciplines, particularly those in the creative industries.  D&T is a key requirement for those wishing to follow courses in Industrial/Product Design, but is also a very suitable qualification for Engineering and for those intending to follow more artistic careers.

Further information

Please be aware that St Chris Sixth Form is a fee-paying independent provider.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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