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Design Technology A Level at Rivers Academy West London

Course description

The Importance of Design and Technology

  • Design and Technology prepares students to participate in todays and tomorrow's rapidly changing technological world. 

  • Through Design and Technology all students can become critical and informed users of products, and become designers and innovators.

  • Students will learn to think and do something creative to improve the quality of life for everyone. 

  • Design and Technology is about students becoming self-motivated, creative ,problem solvers, and allows them to work both as individuals and as members of a team. 

  • We enter national and local competitions sponsored by Toyota and the Thames water.

  • We also have whole day technology days with solar cars, Mouse trap cars and designing a holiday village.

  • Students will look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of design ideas and by making and evaluating products and systems. 

  • In Design and Technology students will combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social issues, environmental issues, function, and industrial practices. 

  • Students will consider the use and effects of present and past Design and Technology. 

Course content

Year 12 - Design Technology can be taken in either Food Technology or Textiles or Resistant Materials and Graphics.

Year 13 - The A2 level Design Technology can extend the AS to a full A level in the same subjects.


An A – E grade can be obtained at A2 level or AS level in four subjects.

The examinations are made up of coursework, case studies and written papers. 

Further information

Department Accommodation

2 Woodwork workshops
1 Food Room
1 Textiles Room
1 Computer Graphics Room
1 Resource Room
1 CNC room with Laser, vinyl,  cutters and Sublimation printer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rivers Academy West London directly.

Last updated date: 11 December 2017
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    • Rivers Academy is committed to outstanding outcomes for its students. We work hard to foster high levels of self worth within an academy community that has the very highest expectations in terms of uniform, behaviour, attendance and punctuality. As a consequence Rivers is a happy and confident Academy where learners achieve exceptionally well.