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Design and Technology A Level at Dame Alice Owen's School

Course description

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical course. It has been designed to strengthen learners’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to design and make high quality products that solve real world problems. Pupils will consider their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

Design and Technology: Product Design A Level will encourage learners to:

  • develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively and critically through focused research and the exploration of design opportunities arising from the needs, wants and values of users and clients
  • be open to taking design risks, showing innovation and enterprise whilst considering their role as responsible designers and citizens
  • develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world
  • have a critical understanding of the wider influences on design and technology, including cultural, economic, environmental, historical and social factors
  • develop a strong core theory knowledge and understanding of principles in design and technology enabling them to make informed decisions in broader contexts
  • be able to create and analyse a design concept and use a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including Mathematics and Science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology
  • gain an insight into the creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries
  • be able to make informed design decisions through an in-depth understanding of the management and development of taking a design through to a prototype/product

Course content

  • Student’s work is mainly workshop based using a variety of graphic, resistant and compliant materials.
  • The knowledge and understanding required for the examination will take the form of detailed studies, essays and reports conducted throughout the course.
  • Teaching takes the form of lectures, discussion, videos, visits and workshop projects.

Entry requirements

6 in Design and Technology.


Examination Board – OCR

  • ‘Principles of’ Written Paper (Unit 1) 75 Marks 1 hour 30 minutes – 25% of total A Level
  • Design written Paper (Unit 2) 75 marks 2 hours 30 minutes – 25% of total A Level
  • Iterative Design Project (Units 3 & 4) 150 marks Approx. 45 hours Non-exam assessment – 50% of total A Level


Further information

Visits to the Design Museum and The New Designers Graduate Show are arranged.

As part of the London Design Festival (September), students are encouraged to visit 100% Design, Designers block, Design Junction and Open House in their own time for cultural enrichment.

An A Level in Design and Technology: Product design, together with two other A’ levels at a good grade will give you access to both academic and vocational courses in: Architecture, Interior Design, Interior  Decoration, Landscape design, Furniture Design, Exhibition Design, Theatre/Stage/Film Set Design, Special effects, Vehicle Design, Engineering (Structural/mechanical/aerodynamics), Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Packaging Design, Ceramics design, Fashion and Textiles Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dame Alice Owen's School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years