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Design and technology A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

A-level Design and Technology provides an opportunity for students to involve themselves in practical problem solving activities and relate knowledge and skills to that activity. This course is suitable for boys who have studied GCSE Design and Technology, ideally with a grade B or above. You need a good interest in designing and making and how things work in general.

During the two-year course (1 year AS, 1 year A2) students will be expected to look at and design within the real world and, as part of their project work, identify and solve problems taken from situations identified by them.

Design and Technology provides a course which gives a broad and balanced approach to advanced design studies with special attention to ‘hands on” experience across a wide range of design and technological activities. The course encourages innovation and takes into account the varied interests of students and enables them to learn about design in a design, make, test and evaluate context.

They will also develop an awareness of the social implications of design and technology, perceptual sensitivity, aesthetic judgement and the ability to design functionally for a variety of situations. Each year involves a coursework assessment as well a written examination. The work is practical in nature, although it may be computer or graphically orientated, and gives considerable opportunities for students to use their own initiative.

Future opportunities

Careers in design and technology require a good general education, the ability to conceive, develop and apply ideas creatively, with imagination, conviction and tenacity to see the job through. In addition the ability to communicate and get on with other people is essential because designers and professional engineers normally work as a part of a team. They must have knowledge of materials and manufacturing methods and bear in mind safety, costs and reliability.

All universities accept it for most courses including Engineering, Design and related courses, as well as courses in Management, Humanities, Architecture and Planning

Careers can be found in the following areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Product Design and Engineering/Manufacture
  • Teaching and Graphic Design

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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