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Design and Technology - Graphics A-Level at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

Year 12 Content

In the AS year of the course, you will complete two units –

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills

In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products.

Unit 2: Design & Technology in Practice

In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wider range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.  It is important that students learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured.  Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

Year 13 Content

Unit 3: Designing for the future

Unit 4: Commercial Design

The A2 year is a synoptic course that reflects and incorporates much of what has been learnt in the previous year.  It is also built around a Design and Make Project unit and theory based exam unit.  This final project allows you to identify your own market niche for a product, and work in tandem with an external organisation to complete a new innovative product.  Theory work also follows on from the previous year, and students are required to use their past knowledge to consider how industrial designs are put together.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in Design & Technology Graphics GCSE.  

Successful completion of AS Graphic Products with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Design & Technology Graphics.


Year 12

Unit 1:  Internally set and marked by the Academy and externally moderated by the exam board

60% of AS – 30% Total A-level

Unit 2:  1 hour 30 minute written exam set by the exam board.

40% of AS – 20% Total A-level

Year 13 

Assessment is through a combination of written and design examinations and coursework, all assessed externally.

Unit 3:  2 hour Exam – 40% of A2 – 20% Total A-level

Unit 4:  Internally Assessed – 60% of A2 – 30% Total A-level

Future opportunities

This course equips you with a broad range of skills, which will prove useful in employment and as a means of gaining access to University.  Typical career and University options are Bachelor of Arts degree in; Graphic Design, Industrial (Product) Design, Architecture, Advertising, Editing and Multi-Media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

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