Design and Technology A Level at Teignmouth Community School
This Design Technology course will specialise in either the Product Design strand or the Fashion and Textiles strand. This means that students can design and make innovative products in any material area or combination of materials. The course is strongly creative and requires a high level of coursework:
- Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century: Written Examination 3 hrs: 50% of the qualification.
Learners take a single examination in one of the following areas:
Fashion and Textiles.
The examination includes a mix of structured and extended written questions assessing learners knowledge and understanding of Technical Principles, Designing and Making principles along with their ability to analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and Technology.
- Component 2: Design and make project. Coursework: 80 hours: 50% of the qualification
Students will complete a sustained design and make project based on a brief developed by the candidate which assesses the candidates ability to:
Identify, Investigate and outline design possibilities; design and make prototypes; analyse and evaluate design decisions and wider issues in design and technology. The design and make project will be based in their specialist area of Product Design or Fashion and Textiles.
Most of the lessons are spent on the coursework element where students pursue their own design and make activities. Students are given coursework help booklets to guide them and interim deadlines are enforced to aid organisation. Up to one lesson per week is set aside for exam preparation.
A GCSE grade B or above in either Textiles or Resistant Materials. A BTEC Engineering qualification at a Merit Level. Students will need to have creative flare and a determination to push their ideas through to completion. They will need to be good at problem solving and be capable of thinking laterally.
A Design Technology qualification is a huge benefit for those students looking at creative careers in the design field or those interested in an Architectural or Engineering career. Outside of that, it is a subject which promotes problem solving skills and creativity – an essential in almost all careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Teignmouth Community School directly.