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Design & Technology: Product Design A Level at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

At AS level candidates should develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with an emphasis on the life cycle of a product, manufacturing and final disposal.
This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety.

At A2 the specification offers candidates the opportunities to further develop their knowledge and practical skills learned at AS through a substantial design and make project.

Entry requirements

Students must have studied Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Electronic Products or Product Design. Have a genuine interest in technology and be prepared to work hard in and after lessons to complete quality coursework and to develop their skills and understanding.

When qualifying to study A level subjects we will accept a ‘5’ as the equivalent grade for the new GCSE 1-9 measure for English and Maths. Most A level courses require a ‘B’ which is the equivalent of a ‘6’. BTEC Level 2 qualifications will only be counted in place of one GCSE subject. This is because they are not considered to have the required breadth of study necessary for the demands of a varied combination of A level subjects.


A2 Level

Paper 1:

  • Written 2 Hour Exam
  • 25% of A2
  • Mixture of short answers, multiple choice and extended questions testing technical principles, design and make principles and specialist knowledge

Paper 2:

  • Written 2 Hour Exam
  • 25% of A2
  • Six short and two extended questions testing technical principles design and make principles and specialist knowledge

Unit 4:

  • Coursework
  • 50% of A2
  • A written design folder to support an in depth design and make project

Future opportunities

A very wide range of career and further educational opportunities are available for students who successfully complete an A2 DT course. This includes employment or further education in the manufacturing or construction industries, general management, product design, theatre and film, engineering, design, architecture and electronics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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