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Design and Technology Systems and Control Technology A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

Why study Design and Technology?

A-level Design and Technology is the ideal course to allow theoretical knowledge to be applied to real world situations. You will develop skills in critical thinking, collaborative work, problem solving as well as applying math and physics principles to bring products to market. CAD and CAM are integral to the course and are taught to high engineering standards using industry standard software and hardware.

Students following a course in A-level D&T often go on to study Engineering (in a range of areas), Product Design, Industrial design, Automotive design, Architecture and even Medicine! The line between surgeons and engineers is becoming
blurred due to modern medical techniques using 3D printing for implants and prosthetics.

What do the courses consist of?

Two courses are on offer: Product Design and Systems & Control. In both courses, experience gained from a GCSE Design and Technology course is helpful, along with a confident use of concepts from Mathematics and Science.

Course content

AS Units 

Unit 1 Materials, Components and Applications 50% of AS (25% overall)

This theory unit includes the study of electronic and mechanical components and systems, industrial practices and of design in a commercial context (two hour written examination). 

Unit 2 Learning through Designing & Making 50% of AS (25% overall)

This is a series of practicals and small scale design and build exercises. This unit is assessed internally based on a portfolio of evidence. 

A2 Units 

Unit 3 Design & Manufacture 50% of A2 (25% overall)

This unit develops the work studies in unit 1. Topics studied include pneumatic systems, energy supply, programmable control, commercial design and marketing (two hour written examination).

Unit 4 Designing & Making Practice 50% of A2 (25% overall)

This is a single, substantial design and make project. This is internally assessed, based on the design portfolio and the completed and working product.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken. An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics.  All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country‚Äôs exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.

Future opportunities

Design and Technology is a useful foundation subject for Architecture, Engineering and Manufacturing-based courses, as well as leading directly to courses such as Product Design, Industrial Design, Creative Design and industrial design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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