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Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level at The Kings of Wessex Academy

Course description

If you would like to further your knowledge, skills and understanding within the stimulating environment of 21st Century Design and Technology, you will have the opportunity with the new A Level course. You will study Product Design and will be able to focus on a variety of materials including papers, boards, plastics, woods, metals and textiles which will build upon your existing excellent knowledge of this subject. If you have the enthusiasm and drive to produce high quality outcomes with creative flair, Design and Technology is for you.

Course content

Why study Design & Technology at A Level?
- Design Technology will provide an opportunity to develop your own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills.
- Develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills, in particular CAD and CAM.
- Identify needs from a wide range of contexts to produce realistic design solutions.
- Show creativity and imagination, producing realistic outcomes.
- Half of the assessment is via coursework.

What will I study?
Students will learn about 21st Century Product Design. They will also complete an 80 hour design and make project that is worth 50% of the qualification.

How will I learn?
Students will complete a range of designing and making short projects to develop their knowledge of tools, processes and equipment. In theory lessons students will learn about technical principles, designing and making principles, and evaluate how wider issues such as sustainability could affect Design and Technology.

Entry requirements

In order to allow yourself the best opportunity to achieve on this course, you will need a minimum of a grade B at GCSE in an area of Design and Technology.


Component 1(50%): Design and Technology in the 21st Century. (Product Design) Students will sit a 3 hour examination that includes a mixture of short and long answer questions that test their knowledge of technical and making principles.

Component 2 (50%): Students will complete an 80 hour design and make project.

Future opportunities

If you are a dedicated designer, this is the course for you. It will give you the skills required for a future career or entry to further study, with possibilities of application to careers such as engineering or architecture (with science and maths subjects), or arts based careers such as 3-D design, graphic design, fashion design, jewellery and furniture design

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kings of Wessex Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2017

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