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Design and Technology (Product Design) AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

This A level is aimed at students who have followed GCSE Design and Technology courses in Engineering, Graphic Products, Product Design, Systems and Control or Resistant Materials. It allows students to continue developing their design and problem solving skills through a series of exercises. The course is delivered through a range of assessed assignments as well as taught theory which relates to the property of materials, designing and making and methods of manufacture. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their ability to design on the computer and make solutions using Computer Aided Manufacture.

Students undertake a mixture of design and make activities which involve them in designing, modelling and developing prototype products. They are encouraged to investigate design movements, biomimicry and the needs of a client and use the information gained to influence the form of the final product they make.

Course content

Year 1 (Year 12) - Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application.

Section A: Materials and Components - Wood/Metal/Polymers/Composites/Smartmaterials/

Section B: Design and Market Influences - Environmental Issues/Ergonomics/Inclusive Design/Consumer Safety

Section C: Processes and Manufacture - Fabrication methods/Manufacturing Processes/Finishing Materials/CAD CAM

Unit 2: Learning through designing and making Coursework project(s) consisting of a folder and manufactured product.


Year 2 (Year 13) - Unit 3: Design and Manufacture

Section A: Materials and Components

Section B: Design and Market Influences. Developments in Technology/D&T & Society/Role of the Designer/Design Methods/Safety

Section C: Processes and Manufacture. ICT Applications/ManufacturingSystems/Systems and Control

Unit 4: Designing and Making Practice- A coursework project consisting of a folder and manufactured product.

Entry requirements

Ideally a grade of B, A or A* in a GCSE Design and Technology subject. The examined units require good English skills so it is advisable to only consider the course if you have attained at least a C grade in GCSE English Language.


Year 1 - Unit 1: Materials and Components. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level.  2 Hour written paper based on Materials and Components.

Unit 2: Learning Through Designing & Making. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. Coursework - approx 50 hours. Coursework is made up of a portfolio of work made up from a range of separate assignments.

Year 2 - Unit 3: Design and Manufacture. 25% of A Level. 2 Hour written paper. Candidates answer three questions from two sections.

Unit 4: Designing and Making Practice. 25% of A Level. Coursework - approx. 60 hours.

Candidates undertake a single design and make task providing a solution for a client of their choice.

Future opportunities

It is becoming apparent that many universities now see a Design and Technology ‘A’ level as desirable for students who hope to read Engineering, Architecture or Industrial Design. This is because they will have developed a good working knowledge of the design process, and would be expected to develop this further on real life projects with industrial sponsors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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