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Design Technology Product Design A Level at Liverpool College

Course description

If you are considering A Level Design and Technology, ask yourself these questions and read on:
- Can I apply knowledge from D&T and other subjects to solve problems?
- Do I like creating products that will potentially have an impact on society?
- Am I thinking of pursuing a career in Engineering, Product Design, Surveying, Stage Set Design or Architecture?
- Will I probably achieve a good GCSE grade in Design and Technology?
- Do I prefer an even balance of coursework and examination assessment?

This is a recently revised action-packed A Level course which follows on from GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials or Product Design. It allows you to use the excellent facilities in the D&T Department to develop products whilst increasing your knowledge base in a variety of areas.


Course content

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills This unit develops creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. You will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections that demonstrates your ability in each activity.

Unit 2: Design and Technology In this unit you will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology and also learn about industrial and commercial practices, quality assurance and health and safety. The knowledge acquired by studying this unit can be applied to Unit 1.

Course Content A2:

Unit 3: Designing for the Future This unit enables develops knowledge and understanding of modern design and manufacturing practices, contemporary design issues, design eras and key designers as well as focusing on sustainable product design.

Unit 4: Commercial Design This unit consists of a „Design and Make‟ activity. You will identify a client or user group from which you must design and make a product that meets the original need. A wide range of materials and processes may be used during this activity.


Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative SkillsCoursework

Unit 2 Design and Technology In Practice

Unit 3 Designing for the Future

Unit 4 Commercial Design

Future opportunities

The Department is open every day during lunch and after school (Monday to Thursday) for pupils to develop their products and to receive help for the theory examination, particularly in the Summer term. We organise a Sixth Form DT trip to London every other year which is action packed and follows much of the syllabus content. The College currently has one Arkwright Scholar, a national scholarship sponsored by all the major national companies, to assist budding engineers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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