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

Course description

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YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE SUBJECT FROM EACH OF THE SIX GROUPS, THREE AT HIGHER LEVEL (HL) AND THREE AT STANDARD LEVEL (SL)

Higher and Standard Level

Course Content

The course focuses largely 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. The Design Process, Product Innovation, Product Development, Green Design, Materials, Product Design and Evaluation are the core units studied at both levels; Energy, Mechanisms, Structures, Advanced Manufacturing Techniques and Sustainable Development are the additional units studied at higher level. Both courses also study Human Factors Design as an additional option.

Assessment

Assessment for the subject is divided between three written exams weighted at 64% and coursework at 36%. The exams include a multiple choice paper and two open ended question papers. The coursework consists of several mini-projects (investigations) undertaken during Year 12 and a full ‘design and make’ project, of the student’s choice, in Year 13.

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.

Chris Pittway, who left in 2009, with a level 7 grade at Higher level says:

‘I have just finished my first year at University of Bath doing Architecture and am absolutely loving it, it is really good. I never would have realised how much of what we did in D.T. comes into architecture. It has really helped.’

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.

Future opportunities

Studying the subject at higher level 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. Studying the DT Higher Level course will be of great benefit to those students with a career interest in engineering, product design and architecture. Both Standard and Higher Level courses will also enable students to develop a wide variety of transferable skills that will be useful in many other occupations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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