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Design & Technology - Product Design A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Specifications in design and technology encourage students to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes/products that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

Course content

At A level, students will undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project that enables students to draw, as appropriate, on the knowledge and understanding of Year 12. The project will be of sufficient complexity and offer an appropriate degree of uncertainty of outcome to enable students to demonstrate their ability to initiate, sustain and manage the iterative processes of designing, making, testing, refining, improving and evaluating, in response to a context of their choice and the needs and wants of a user or market.
Mathematical skills are embedded throughout the content of this course and assessed in the written papers where appropriate.

Entry requirements

Grade B or 6 in a GCSE Creative Subject
Grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


Paper 1
 Written examination: 2 hours
 100 marks
 25% 0f A level
Paper 2
 Written examination: 2 hours
 25% of A level
Non-examination assessment
 Substantial design and make task
 45 hours
 100 marks
 50% of A level

Future opportunities

Huge! Theatre, interior design, graphics, product design, furniture design, architecture, engineering, art history, illustration, etc. Normally taken before continuing further education at Art College (for foundation courses) or going on to a degree at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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