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Design & Technology: Product Design (Graphics, Resistant Materials or Textiles) at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

The AQA specification has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketings.

You should consider Design and Technology if you are:

  • interested in the design and development of a product
  • interested in the way products are produced commercially
  • able to work well with or without teacher guidance (you will be expected to put in a lot of workshop time to meet coursework deadlines)
  • interested in material science and product analysis and how design and technology influences society.

Course content

AS content

Unit 1. Materials, Components and Application.

  • Materials and Components.
  • Design and market Influences.
  • Processes and Manufacture.

Unit 2. Learning Through Designing and Making.

  • Knowledge from the 'AS' content is used by students to produce their own projects.

A2 content

Unit 3. Design and Manufacture.

  • Materials and Components.
  • Design and market Influences.
  • Processes and Manufacture.

Unit 4. Designing and Making Practice.

  • Knowledge from the 'AS' and 'A2' content is used by students to produce their own projects.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in a GCSE Design Technology subject.

Assessment

AS UNits:

Unit 1. 2 hour written paper. 50% 'AS' marks. 25% of total 'A' level marks .

Unit 2. Coursework. (Approx. 50 hours). 50% 'AS' marks. 25% of total 'A' level marks .

A2 Units:

Unit 3. 2 hour written paper. 25% of total 'A' level marks .

Unit 4. Coursework. (Approx. 50 hours). 25% of total 'A' level marks .

Future opportunities

Design and Technology is an interdisciplinary subject which is designed to be student focussed. It firstly leads to the study of advanced GCE Design and Technology but has been designed to be a complimentary subject to Maths, Physics Art and design; or as a contrasting subject with English, History, Geography and Modern Languages.

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 Gunnersbury Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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