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Design & Technology (Systems & Control) A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

This course provides students with the opportunity to specialise in systems and control at a higher level. It provides natural progression from the related GCSE course within design and technology. Sixty percent of the course will require students to design, make, test and evaluate a range of products related to mechanical, pneumatic and micro-electronic systems. At this level emphasis is placed upon the design of products for the real world and students will learn about production methods, the application of modern materials and components, and how microprocessors are intergraded into manufacturing systems. Throughout the course students will develop communication and practical skills through the completion of a number of open-ended and focused design activities. Environmental issues are of high priority within this course and students are encouraged to consider aspects of sustainability when designing and making control systems. The two written examinations will focus on knowledge and understanding in relation to designing and innovation, human responsibility, materials, components and processes, product analysis, public interaction, industrial and commercial practice, production systems and control.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths. Plus C in any GCSE DT subject. 


AS Level

Unit title: Designing, innovation, materials, industrial and commercial practice

  • Assessment: Examination

Unit title: Design & make task

  • Assessment: Coursework

A2 Level

Unit title: Human responsibility, public interaction, production systems and control

  • Assessment: Examination

Unit title: Major project

  • Assessment: Coursework

Future opportunities

In the past students who have successfully completed an A-level in this subject have progressed to higher education courses related to electrical engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, industrial design and structural engineering, including architecture. Students who have not followed a related course at a higher level have found that design and technology is highly regarded by university admission tutors and that the approach to problem solving and communication that is developed within the course is transferable to other subjects

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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