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Design and Technology: Product Design A Level at The Judd School

Course description

Why choose this subject?

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in engineering, business and the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

  • Independent enquiry and investigations
  • Practical application of mathematical and engineering principals
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem Solving & analysis
  • Demonstrating good time management

Why study it at The Judd School?

We have a long history of success delivering this subject. Almost all students that take this course go onto to study either engineering or a design related course at university. We often have a prestigious Arkwright scholarship awarded to one or more of our students in recognition of their engineering ability and aspirations.

You will be taught by supportive, knowledgeable teachers in outstanding facilities and access to a wide selection of resources.

Course content

Course details: Board and Specification: AQA 7552

What you will be learning (course outline):

The subject covers a wide range of theory topics including; Materials and their applications, Design development and Manufacture, Industry design practice, Responsible designing, Design for manufacturing, maintenance and repair, Protecting designs, Enterprise and Marketing.

The non-exam unit will consist of a single design project based on a context researched and chosen by the student. In lessons leading up to this there will be other non-assessed projects to develop skills needed for the coursework project.

Entry requirements

7 at GCSE in DT: Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphics, Systems & Control or Electronics. Students who have studied a different DT discipline should contact Mr Reay (Head of DT) to discuss their suitability.


How it will be assessed:

Two exams (1 x 1½ hrs & 1 x 2½ hrs). Contributing to 50% of the qualification. 

Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles

            Paper 2: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and                making principles

One NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) unit, contributing 50% of the qualification. Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

In this unit you will identify a context & problem of your own and develop a solution using various designing and prototyping activities. This project will develop existing skills used in design and technology GCSE and require students to think independently, planning research and investigation activities and solving design problems throughout the project.

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: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years