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Design Technology (Resistant Materials) A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

At AS the coursework consists three distinct unit: of a product investigation, a product design and a product manufacturing unit. The theory work covers knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. At A2 the coursework consists of design and make project applying and developing the skills at AS, this is a real project working with an a client or user
group from outside of the classroom. The A2 exam is based on a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least at least a Grade C in GCSE in either Graphic Products, Resistant Materials or Electronics.


At AS the students are assessed by their DT portfolio which consists of three distinct
sections. There is also an exam at the end of the AS unit. The portfolio is worth 60% of the final grade and the exam 40%.
The AS grade counts as 50% towards the A2 grade. At A2 the students are assessed on a Design and Make project and an end of course exam. The coursework and exam are rated as 30% and 20% towards the A2 grade, the remaining 50% is from the AS marks.

Future opportunities

Careers in the Engineering (mechanical and electrical) at University or entry in to modern apprenticeships, product design, interior design, Graphic Design, Website Design, Architecture, Theatres/Event Technology, Civil Engineering, Design Engineer, Packaging Technology, Analyst/ Researcher, Project Engineer/management, CAD Design, Drafting, Furniture Design. Industrial Design, Manager in the manufacturing industry and product developer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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