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Design & Technology AS A2 at Weston Favell Academy

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You will study how design really works, specifically, Materials technology, using graphics for communicating, C.A.D/C.A.M and Industrial manufacturing methods,Design in society and how a wide of factors influence our choice of products. You will learn how to make desirable products in a range of materials.

Entry requirements

If you studied this subject at GCSE in either Resistant Materials or Graphic Product you will be in a position to apply to join the course. You must have passed with at least a C to start the AS Level.  As with all A Levels you require a minimum of 5 GCSE passes, or equivalent. (OR) For One Year AS only courses It may be possible for you to be considered for the course. You might for instance have coursework from Business Studies or a Science practical. If you were looking to follow a one year AS course as an option rather than continue for the full two year A2 course you would need to discuss your intentions with the Head of Department.


You will be assessed continually.   The Case Study and Product Study are worth 30% each.   A final Design exam paper is worth 40%.

Future opportunities

Foundation Arts courses leading to Degree level design at university. British Designers are the best in the world.

Further information

How will I study? The course in Yr.12 is driven by two pieces of assessed coursework. A Case study that involves intellectual investigation and thorough study of a theme set by the exam board. It is a challenge.  The second piece of coursework is a Product study. This involves research and analysis of a product you choose and then through modelling and design, you make proposals for improving the product in some way. To give you opportunities to practise and develop your designing and making skills there are Pilot projects that focus on materials, graphics, CAD, CAM and modelling. These pilot projects vary in length.  Each piece of work is assessed to exam criteria and detailed performance feedback is given.  You will be expected to combine a heavy work load with self- motivated study during your non-contact periods.   There are also a series of Design primer sessions for extending your own particular passions in design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weston Favell Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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