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Design & Technology (Product Design) AS & A Level at The Gryphon School

Course description

Design and Technology is designed to be either a complementary subject to Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art and Design at A or AS Level, or to be a contrasting subject with English, History, Geography and Modern Languages. It will broaden your curriculum, irrespective of which course forms your main focus. It provides an opportunity to develop your own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills by teaching you to apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities. You will use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance your design and technological capability. You will also develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices, develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively.

Course content

AS Level: Designing and innovation, Product analysis, Materials and components and Industrial and commercial practice. Candidates will also undertake a single project. Students will be taught the skills necessary to complete the course through a combination of theoretical and practical activities.

A Level: Human responsibility, Public interaction, Processes, Production systems and control. Candidates will undertake a single substantial project based on one of eight set themes. The project requires candidates to demonstrate the integration of designing, making skills, knowledge and understanding. A combination of lectures, discussion, industrial visits where possible, a range of design and make coursework activities will form the basis of study.

Entry requirements

Students embarking on AS and A Level study in Design and Technology are expected to have achieved at least a Grade C in GCSE Design and Technology, NVQ Manufacturing or equivalent and Grade C or better in Maths GCSE.  In addition, students will be expected to be able to have some further background knowledge.

Course expenses Most materials will be provided for the course. However, where students undertake a substantial major project they will expected to contribute towards the purchase of large quantities of materials and/or for materials not readily available in school.


The assessment for the A Level course involves examinations with short answer and open ended essay type questions, a 60 hour piece of coursework which demonstrates a students understanding of designing and making. The two unit AS award is assessed in the first year and can then be developed into the four unit award during the second year of the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Gryphon School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016
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