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Design & Technology: Graphic Products A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

This course will enable you to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of technological processes and systems.
  • Analyse design situations and identify problems solving solutions.
  • Propose innovative ideas and concepts through a variety of creative media.
  • Design, make, test, evaluate and modify quality solutions and prototypes.
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of production technologies and provide a sound basis for further study in Design and Technology.

Course content

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology (exam)
2 hours 30 minutes. 50% of the A Level. 120 marks

In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. This will include fundamental maths and science skills underpin the theory and practice of design for the future.

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions focused on:
Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others
Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts

Students must answer all questions - calculators and rulers to be used in the examination

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project Portfolio
In this component students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice that complies with a resistant material or graphic product in consultation with a client to solve a problem. Students will develops a range of potential solutions which include the use of computer aided design and traditional modelling to development a prototype in conjunction with the opinions of the user group or client.
Students will realise one potential solution through practical making activities with evidence of project management and plan for production. This will incorporate issues related to sustainability and the impact their prototype may have on the environment. Through production of a portfolio students are expected to analyse and evaluate design decisions and outcomes for prototypes/products made by themselves and others including wider issues such as social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.


The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated
Students will produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype
The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper (or electronic equivalent)
There are four parts to the assessment listed below

Part 1: Identifying Opportunities for Design
Identification of a design problem, investigation of needs and research and specification.

Part 2: Designing a Prototype
Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas

Part 3: Making a Prototype
Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy

Part 4: Evaluating own Design and Prototype
Testing and evaluation

Entry requirements

Grade B at GCSE in Design & Technology.

Further information

Design Technology Product Design and Graphic Products can not be studied together.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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