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Design and Technology A-Level at Christ's College Finchley

Course description

Our aims are to encourage all our students to participate in and discover how to appreciate our technological society. As a team we teach our students to learn to work independently and encourage them to become innovative and creative thinkers. Our objectives are to teach them to formulate and be discerning in their opinions and how to develop a product concept from visualisation to prototype.

KS5 students study Product Design over the course of two years at AS and A2 Level.  Product Designers design and make better and more efficient products for consumers. They research what is currently available and taking different factors into consideration redesign products with a target market in mind, and this is the main focus of the Product Study AS course. The product study at A2 level consists of a product analysis, development, prototyping, modelling and development of a product. Students are  not be expected to completely redesign an existing product, but to be able to identify areas or possibilities for its further improvement and produce drawings and models to project their ideas.

Design & Technology is a diverse subject and can open gateways to a wealth of career opportunities. It develops and encourages self reliance, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills which are all central to successful employment. Design & Technology, Art, Mathematics, Physics and Economics are successful combinations at ‘A’ Level.  Universities offer all sorts of opportunities for those wishing to take Design & Technology further with courses focusing on Product Design, Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Design, Interior Design and Graphic Design, to name but a few.

Entry requirements

For studying at Advanced Level

Applicants must achieve a minimum average GCSE score of 40 points (where A* counts 58 points, A as 52, B as 46, C as 40, etc.).  Students who have studied at BTEC Level 2 must have achieved a high Merit grade as a minimum.  In addition there are GCSE requirements for individual subjects, where they are oversubscribed. Where subjects are oversubscribed, places will be offered to students in rank order of their average point score.

Subject specific requirements

A Grade B is the normal requirement in the subject you wish to study at Advanced Level but a Grade B does not guarantee acceptance on to the course.  Where a course is under-subscribed consideration will be given to those candidates who marginally fail to meet the entry requirements.

For the Design & Technology A-Level specifically you must achieve the following:


GCSE Design & Technology - B

GCSE Maths - C

GCSE English - C

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ's College Finchley directly.

Last updated date: 11 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years