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Design and Technology A level at Stratford upon Avon School

Course description

You will be taught in a department that is equipped to an excellent level to allow you to design and realise products made in a variety of materials. The staff are all highly experienced and enable you to strengthen your skills and confidence with a wide range of techniques. Examples where students have excelled with us include: Deciding on an innovative material to use on a modern fashion garment. Combining electronics and graphics to make an interactive display board. Using renewable energy to solve transport issues. Using CNC machinery to manufacture products designed using CAD. We have the facilities and expertise to ensure that all of this and more is possible on this course. Innovation drives change in Product Design and we use a range of contemporary materials and production techniques including 3D printer, CNC router, laser cutter and sublimation printing. This complements the IT side of the design process using 2 and 3 dimensional CAD (Computer Aided Design). Wherever possible, new knowledge and concepts are reinforced by making; hands on project work brings theory into reality.

Course content

This course enables pupils to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes. Pupils will acquire knowledge in design and technology including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realistaion and commercial manufacture. Pupils can specialise in one of two specialist areas: fashion and textile or product design The course consists of two main elements which are assessed separately 1 Examination Do you know your Bauhaus from your post modernism or the design characteristics of Art Deco versus Art Nouveau? The examination looks at areas such as materials, innovation, work of influential designers of the 21st Century, iconic design and other design related topics. 2 Coursework Students select their own design challenges which they then seek to solve through the development and making of an innovative product. The wide range of expertise in the department allow students to work with any material and they are encouraged to build on their strengths.

Entry requirements

Grade C in Design and Technology.


A series of short and long answer examination questions. Design tasks. Ongoing coursework.

Future opportunities

A level Product Design can lead to a host of different options. In the past students have progressed to study degrees in Product Design, Fashion and Art and also followed apprenticeships in Engineering and Design. In the last year, several students have used their knowledge to progress to apprenticeships in the technical automotive engineering sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford upon Avon School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2018
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