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Group Four IB Design & Technology HL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Content


The course focuses on how product designers and engineers produce innovative changes in the world.  Materials and manufacturing techniques are studied with frequent practical assignments undertaken, to enhance understanding and develop constructional skills.  Human Factors and Ergonomics, Resource Management and Sustainable Production, Modelling, Raw Material to Final Product, Innovation and Design, and Classic Design are the core units studied at both levels; User Centred Design (UCD), Sustainability, Innovation and Markets, and Commercial Production are the additional units studied at higher level.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.




Assessment for the subject at higher level is divided between three written exams (two at standard level) weighted at 60% and coursework at 40%.  The exams include multiple choice and open ended questions.  The practical work consists of several mini-projects (investigations) undertaken during Year 12 and a full ‘design and make’ project of the student’s choice, as coursework in Year 13. 

Future opportunities

Where will it lead?


Studying the subject adds to the breadth of the knowledge you will gain in the subject.  You will have an excellent understanding of the design process undertaken by designers in engineering and product design, and how the advancement in technology and materials is being used to develop an ever increasing range of exciting products for the benefit of everyone.


The DT Higher Level course will be of great benefit to those students with a career interest in engineering, product design, architecture or other careers that involve a combination of creativity, and sound analytical thinking. 


Both Standard and Higher Level courses will also enable students to develop a wide variety of transferable skills useful in many other occupations.

Further information

What skills will I gain?


The ability to use a range of graphical techniques, including CAD, to communicate design ideas, the skills to manufacture artefacts in a range of different materials, using a variety of tools and equipment and the ability to solve problems in a range of contexts.  You will also learn how to analyse collected data and present it in a logical and engaging manner.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years