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Design & Technology (Product Design) AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

Ultimately the decision for registration onto the course will be made by the Head of Technology in consultation with staff. The decision will be based on GCSE results, effort, commitment and work ethic.

The “A” Level course focuses on engineering, design, manufacturing, materials, processes, sustainability, recycling and the impact on the environment. It is simply not possible for an Engineer or Designer to develop a successful solution to a problem without having an insight into the implications for the manufacturer. Good professional engineers are not just mathematicians they are “Designers”.

We have successfully taught Advanced Level Design and Technology courses at Barking Abbey for over 30 years and have good well established contacts in the Engineering and Product Design fields.

The qualification will be examined in four units, two in Year 12 and two in Year 13. They will test your skills and ability as a designer in developing a product prototype. There will be a unit which requires the development of your skills in fabrication, manufacturing and production. Other units will include written papers testing your knowledge of materials and processing in manufacturing. Finally your ability to examine and analyse an existing product tested through a product evaluation.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in an appropriate Technology discipline

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level Design & Technology courses can lead to degree courses and ultimately employment in areas as diverse as Product Design. Graphical Design to Electronic, Manufacturing and Production and Mechanical Engineering.

Further information

Details of the Specifications taught at Barking Abbey can be found on the EDEXCEL website The qualification is GCE Design & Technology: Product Design 9RMO1 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barking Abbey School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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