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Design and Technology: Product Design (Graphic Products) A Level at Faringdon Community College

Course description

Small group discussion, practical tasks.

Course content

Four areas of study:

  • Learning through design and making
  • Materials, components and application
  • Design and Making Practice
    Design and Manufacture

Time Allocation: 8 hours per cycle

Private Study Requirement: Ongoing research and preparation. Independent workshop practice.

Extra Curricula Opportunities:

  • Industrial visits
  • Learning new skills

Good Combination With:

  • Maths
  • Art
  • ICT

Entry requirements

Students need to gain a minimum of 5 A*- C grades in GCSE subjects.

We expect students to have gained a grade C in Maths and English Language.

We also expect students to gain a grade B or higher in a subject that they wish to continue to study in the Sixth Form. A grade B is a good indicator to predict that a student will be able to successfully cope with the increased challenge and rigour of studying a subject to Advanced level. However, there is a degree of flexibility in this condition dependent on the student’s effort and commitment to their academic development.

A major factor in students achieving success at AS and A level is the level of effort and commitment shown during Year 12/13. Therefore, our entry requirement has a degree of flexibility to allow us to accept students who we believe have shown the necessary work ethic in Key Stage 4 but have gained a grade C in a subject they wish to study at A level.


Examining Board: AQA

Learning through design and making:

  • Several focused practical assignments
  • 25% of qualification

Materials, components and application:

  • Written examination
  • 25% of qualification

Design and Making Practice

  • Main project
  • 25% of qualification

Design and Manufacture

  • Written examination
  • 25% of qualification

Future opportunities

  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Faringdon Community College directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2017
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