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Design Technology A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Thetford Grammar School

Course description

he Design and Technology Department aims to appeal to all areas of design, whether they are inclined towards the technical nature of manufacturing or the creative elements in product design.  Pupils are given the opportunity to discover many of the aspects of the design world. The department encourages pupils to combine their design and making skills with knowledge and understanding of materials, manufacturing and design issues.

The AS and A Level courses encourage pupils to take a broad view of Design and Technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. This course would be of particular use to anyone considering a profession where graphical and problem solving skills and a knowledge of technology are valued, and for entry into university on Technology, Engineering and all Design based courses.

Course content

At AS students will complete two units:

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application
50% AS 25% A Level
Unit 1 is assessed by a 2-hour synoptic examination. It tests the candidates design ability as well as their knowledge of materials and components, e.g. wood, metal, plastic and other relevant resistant materials.

Unit 2: Learning through Designing and Making
50% AS 25% A Level
Candidates undertake coursework that may take in a number of forms; a single design and make project, two smaller projects and/or a portfolio of work. The unit provides candidates the opportunity to develop designing and practical skills while completing a product of their choice.

Candidates who wish to add to their AS must complete Units 3 & 4 to gain an A Level in the second year of the 6th Form

Unit 3: Design and Manufacture
25% A Level
Unit 3 is a 2-hour written paper which will include sufficient synoptic assessment to test the candidates’ understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject and their holistic understanding of the subject.

Unit 4: Design and Making Practice
25% A Level
Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity. The coursework will represent approximately 60 hours of work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 June 2015

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