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DT - Food Technology AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

The course units provide excellent progression and diversity and lead to qualifications that reflect a strong understanding of design. In particular, the AS units which students follow in the first year provide a strong foundation for the A2 units in the second year. Students will qualify for the full A level on completion of the AS and A2 units.

Course content

Students following the course will:

  • Develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relationship between design, materials, manufacture and marketing
  • 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, with an understanding of contemporary practices
  • Use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability
  • Develop critical evaluation skills in a wide variety of contexts

Entry requirements

  • An A* - B result at GCSE Where there is over-subscription, the following criteria will apply:
  • A judgement about work ethic and application to a coursework approach
  • Career aspirations in the field of design
  • The intention to pursue the A2 course



Unit 1 Written 2 hour paper - Materials, Components and Application - 25%

Unit 2 Coursework project - Learning through Designing and Making - 25%


Unit 3 Written 2 hour paper - Design and Manufacture - 25%

Unit 4 Coursework project - Design and Making Practice - 25%

Future opportunities

The Design and Technology Food course provides a gateway to many higher education courses, including degree, HNC, GNVQ, and apprenticeship courses. The course therefore offers a strong foundation for the following career routes: Food Science, Nutrition, Community Health, Food Product Development, Retail areas and Dietician work.

Further information

As part of the course students will be given the opportunity to visit industrial places to experience industrial processes and manufacture in action. A three day trip to Paris (or alternative destination) combining curriculum work with some cultural and leisure activities, will take place early in October. Since we do not know the composition of the group until the September following GCSE results, we do not operate a deposit system; we will collect the full balance of approximately £350 during a parents’ information evening early in September.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

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