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Design & Technology (Resistant Materials Technology) A Level at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Course description

This is a two year course which requires you to produce and submit one portfolio which will demonstrate your creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making a product. Students will undertake a commercial design and make project that apply the knowledge and understanding of the subject. It will need to be sustainable in the environment.  

Course content

Students will be expected to develop knowledge of a wide range of resistant materials, graphical media, textiles, smart materials and manufacturing processes as well as knowledge of past designers. This is to be applied in their project. ICT will be integral to this course as will the ability to communicate graphically and by the written word. Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world. Students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in a Design and Technology subject


Unit Outline Weighting

Written Exam Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology 50%

Coursework Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project 50%

Future opportunities

  • The Department has seen many students proceed to study a product design related course at University, many of these students studying at the top universities in the country. The department has established links with ex-students who provide seminar style experiences to our existing students. In previous years, Alwani Architecture has visited our 6th form students to showcase degree and masters level portfolios and the types of work required for an outstanding portfolio.
  • The Department provides extensive reading lists and has its own departmental library consisting of a wide range of books and subscription magazines that help students investigate a broader context than lessons can deliver.
  • A number of extra-curricular learning opportunities also take place, including trips to ‘Emco Wheaton’ and ‘Flambeau Europlast’ in Ramsgate. The department is increasing its links with local and national businesses.

Further information

If you need further information about this course please contact our Sixth Form Admissions office at

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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