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Design & Technology at Wickersley School and Sports College

Course description

This subject is offered in Option Block B

A level DT provides a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products. The course is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which encourages learners to use creativity and imagination. The course covers a wide range of disciplines and can be tailored to the interests and skills of the pupils. (Engineering, Resistant Materials, Graphics etc). You will learn how to visually record your work, conduct relevant research, use the work of other to help you develop your own ideas. You will also experiment with a range of materials and manufacturing processes as well as planning, modifying and reviewing your own work.


Course content


Year 2 will be a continuation of the coursework element started in January of year 1, you will have until February to complete this. Students are required to design and make a project based on a brief developed by the candidate. The portfolio of work completed will need to include a practical outcome, research, materials testing, developments, conceptual product manufacture and evaluations. Once the coursework element (component 2) is complete students will have time focus on and prepare for the written exam (component 1). Whilst many elements will have been covered throughout the coursework based project we will prepare you with revision techniques, cover key exam content and technical theory including maths and science elements.

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is 5 4 grades including Maths and English, although there are specific entry requirements for some of our option subjects.

A student’s suitability for their chosen subjects will also be taken into account, even if they meet the 5 4 grades threshold.

Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort and attendance in Year 11 in order to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.


Your overall success on the course is measured by your ability to evidence the 4 Assessment Objectives, set by WJEC. These are detailed in the WJEC Specification for GCE Design and Technology. The course is split evenly, 50% coursework, 50% exam.

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st century. This is a 3 hour written exam / 100 marks. The examination includes a mix of structured and extended writing questions assessing learner knowledge and understanding of: Technical principles, Designing and making principles and ability to analyse and evaluate wider issues in design and technology.

Component 2: Design and make – Non-Exam Assessment = 100 Marks. Students will need to produce a sustained design and make project based on a brief developed by the candidate assessing the candidates ability to: Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities, Design and make conceptual prototypes and analyse and evaluate design decisions and outcomes including for prototypes made by themselves and others.

Future opportunities

Design and Technology is a full A level course which can lead to a number of further and higher education Art and Design/Design and Technology, Engineering, Architectural etc based courses.

Further information

Please consult our Option Blocks before making your selection.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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