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Design and Technology: Graphics - AS/A Level at Alton College

Course description

Design and Technology: Graphics is essentially a two and three-dimensional design course that seeks to develop your design creativity and enhance your production skills, through undertaking work in one or more of the following categories: packaging/graphic design, product/industrial design, architecture, interior design, exhibition design, theatre design or garden design etc.

Throughout the first year you will be investigating a commercial product and presenting your findings using text and photographs. In term one you will be developing a unique three-dimensional product that will then need to be communicated using drawings and computer aided design (CAD) software (training provided). In term two you will be engaged in the development and manufacture of a prototype board game which will incorporate professional print work, moulding, forming and lamination processes - you’ll enjoy the work and the results have been fantastic! Finally, in term three you will provide evidence of your level of understanding of material properties, industrial processes and practices and other design related topics, by completing a written examination.

An individually identified design and make project takes up a large part of the second year of the course and this work builds upon first year experiences and involves a greater consideration of both commercial and environmental factors. Product/industrial design and architecture tend to be the most popular project choices with a real client and increased industrial/commercial awareness helping students to appreciate real life constraints and opportunities.

Entry requirements

Students studying a 3 or 4 AS level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in Maths and/or English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5–5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels.

Ideally you should have a GCSE pass at grade C or above in a Design Technology subject and/or proven ability and experience when using a range of tools, modelling with materials and sketching ideas.


Coursework: 60% of AS mark; coursework: 60% of A2 mark.
AS Level
1 hour 30 minutes knowledge based exam

A Level
2 hour knowledge based exam

Financial information

Essential: £32 for textbook.
Students are required to make a contribution of £20 for materials and resources used on the course. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.

All students are also expected to have basic stationery equipment and a USB memory stick.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Future opportunities

The study of Design and Technology: Graphics would provide you with a folio of work, range of skills and a respected qualification that would make you competitive when applying for design based qualifications (product design, architecture, CAD etc) or design and technology based employment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 August 2016

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