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Design & Technology AS/A Level at Ashbourne Independent School

Course description

Design and Technology is an inter-disciplinary subject that provides an opportunity for pupils to develop their own creativity and problem-solving abilities and apply a greater knowledge and understanding of the technologies involved in designing. This is achieved by helping pupils to develop their own critical thinking and communication skills through theoretical study and the design of individual projects. The social responsibilities of design are taught through solving design problems, developing ideas and making projects that encourage individual flair and use of imagination. Good design is vital to our world and economy. This qualification emphasises two key factors: creativity and sustainability. It asks the pupil to explore original ideas, to question, challenge and to envisage what could be. 

Course content

AS Unit 1:

A chance to demonstrate creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products. Ideally three distinct products should be chosen rather than one larger product. The choice of product, investigation, product design or product manufacture is the pupil’s, but must target the assessment criteria effectively and at the correct level.

AS Unit 2:

The focus is on the wide range of materials and processes used in the field of Design and Technology, industrial and commercial practices, the importance of quality checks and the Health and Safety issues.

A2 Unit 3:

The focus is on modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. Pupils develop a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology, the impact of design and technology activities on the environment and the sustainability of product design and an awareness of inspirational designers from the past.

A2 Unit 4:

Pupils make a product of their choice. Pupils must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution. The design problem should have a real commercial application and a wide range of users. Sustainability of materials used in the end product should be a key feature of the design.


AS Unit 1 6RM01 Portfolio of Creative Skills A portfolio with three distinct sections [30%

AS Unit 2 6RM02 Design and Technology in Practice 1½ hours written examination [20%]

A2 Unit 3 6RM03 Designing for the Future 2 hours written examination [20%]

A2 Unit 4 6RM04 Commercial Design coursework project [30%]

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 November 2016

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