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Design and Technology A-Level at Reading School

Course description

Is Design and Technology an Art subject or a Science subject? It is both. A talented designer combines technical knowledge and understanding with a problem solving sensibility and aesthetic and creative sense. The A level course offers the opportunity to develop all three of these areas.

Course content

The course is very practical in nature. We’ll begin by taking existing products apart (literally!) and analysing why they’re designed the way they are, what materials they’re made from and what processes are involved in their manufacture. This is followed by a detailed evaluation and discussion of other possible materials and processes.

The majority of the course is spent designing and making products. This involves ideas generation and evaluation, development and the solving of design issues, and the planning and manufacture of products using a wide range of materials. You will be expected to work on and improve your existing design and practical skills, as well as acquire and refine some more.

Design and Technology is a perfect preparation for any of the hundreds of different design, engineering and architecture courses available at university. It is the ideal subject to study if you want to enter an exciting and creative industry in which Britain is accepted as a true world leader. It’s also a lot of fun!

Entry requirements

All prospective students should obtain at least a grade B at GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years