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Systems & Control Technology A2 AQA at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

The new re-drafted specification has been designed to: •Develop students' capability to design, produce and evaluate solutions by developing their understanding of the complex relationship between design, materials and manufacture •Provide opportunities for students to learn through practical activities while producing solutions to control and systems based problems. Assessment Objectives: AO1 - Candidates should demonstrate specific knowledge and understanding and be able to apply that knowledge and understanding in combination with appropriate skills in their designing; and should communicate ideas and outcomes and demonstrate strategies for evaluation AO2 - Candidates should be able to demonstrate and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of relevant materials, processes and techniques, and use materials and equipment to produce suitable and appropriate outcomes; and should communicate ideas and outcomes and demonstrate strategies for evaluation. In plain English this means that there is a piece of coursework plus an examination. The coursework and examination are each worth 50% of the AS level or 25% of the full A2 level. The units of work for the A2 level are each worth 25% of the total marks and consist of another piece of coursework and another examination. A2 Units: Unit 3 Design and Manufacture (SYST3) Written paper: 2 hours 25% of the total A Level marks. This paper is based primarily on Design and Manufacture. •Consisting of two sections. There are three questions in each section. Candidates must answer three questions from the total of six. •Candidates are required to answer one question from each section and also a final question from either section. •This written paper will include sufficient synoptic assessment to test the candidates’ understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject and their holistic understanding of the subject. Unit 4 Design and Making Practice (SYST4) Coursework Approx 60 hours 25% of the total A Level marks •Written design folder •Manufactured outcome •Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity.

Entry requirements

Relevant AS qualification

Future opportunities

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 an Architect, Carpenter or Computer Technician. The course will also 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.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year