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Design Technology: Resistant Materials A Level at Burnley College

Course description

Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through practical workshop sessions, class work, personal research, project work and external visits. Topics covered include Drawing, Design and Presentation Techniques, Manufacturing Systems and Control & Sustainability.

This qualification emphasises two key factors: creativity and sustainability. The course requires candidates to explore ideas of originality and value, to question and challenge, to envisage what could be, but equally to achieve the results that will progress their career. The qualification structure allows individuals to develop a range of skills and outcomes over the first year, which will demonstrate their creativity, they will then apply these to a design and create their project in second year.

A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment. New products should provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products. It is important therefore, that candidates, as future designers, develop a passion for designing for the future.

Entry requirements

To take four AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three or four A Levels in Year 2): At least six GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. To take three AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three A Levels in Year 2): At least five GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. A minimum of grade C in GCSE Design Technology, Maths and English Language. Grade C in ICT and Art would also be an advantage.

Future opportunities

This course is a key subject for those who wish to study manufacturing and design at university and for degree level study and careers in areas in which a creative, practical background in two and three dimensional design is relevant, such as design, interiors, architecture and manufacturing.

Further information

Recognised as best practice by Ofsted, our ALZs promote independent learning through cutting-edge technology combined with traditional books and journals and online learning resources. Students have access to high specification PCs with the latest Microsoft applications and multimedia and innovative technologies including iPads, Kindles and portable consoles. Each of the 8 ALZs provides the most up to date and relevant equipment for the subjects they serve.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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