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Design and Technology (A Level) (OCR) at Wilson's School

Course description

The course in design and technology is designed to enable students to:

• make use of subject knowledge and reflective practices in order to work on tasks that are challenging and often require definition;

• develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice;

• recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products;

• develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and historical perspective;

• draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas including mathematics and science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology;

• draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technology activities;

• develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices;

• use information and communications technology (ICT) and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability;

• recognise the values inherent in design and technological activities, and develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental, sustainable, social, cultural and entrepreneurial contexts.

Course content

Lower Sixth units:

  • The Principles of Product Design
  • Product Development

Upper Sixth units:

  • The Principles of Design
  • Unseen Challenge
  • Iterative Design Project


Entry requirements

An A must be achieved at GCSE in Resistant Materials, Product Design and/or Systems and Control. Students who have studied Graphic Products or Electronic Products will need to present a portfolio of their work to be considered.


AS Level examinations are taken at the end of the Lower Sixth year based on the content covered in that year.

A Level examinations are taken at the end of the Upper Sixth year based on the content of both years.

Future opportunities

There are many courses which could be followed with Design and Technology. Mechanical, Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering, Product Design and Design Engineering have proved to be some of the more popular courses studied at university by students from Wilson’s. Previous students have found certain courses require them to show a physical example which displays these traits at interview and others have found it a very useful addition to set themselves apart from other candidates. Management courses are also looking for students holding the above A-level as many of the assessment statements are entwined within the philosophy of this discipline. Several graduates of the Design and Technology department have decided to take up prestigious Engineering apprenticeships at British Aerospace Engineering, Jaguar, BMW and Mini.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years