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The quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent at all stages, in keeping with the aims of the school.

ISI 2013

DT

A level Product design is studied following the AQA exam board specification which includes both practical and theory work. Students develop their understanding and practical experience with a range of materials and processes as well as developing 21st century products and systems while working with real clients.

Our workshops are equipped with a range of tools - hand as well as electronic - along with CAM machines including a laser cutter and 3d printer. We have our own Computer Aided Design suite with 16 networked PCs.

Design and Technology is all about turning ideas and dreams into reality. We encourage intelligent design using appropriate technologies to make better solutions.

As well as developing subject knowledge and experience during the course you will also develop these key skills that employers and universities are looking for:

  • CREATIVITY AND FORWARD THINKING
  • COMMUNICATION AND PRESENTATION
  • PLANNING AND ORGANISING
  • PROBLEM SOLVING
  • DEXTERITY AND PRACTICAL SKILLS
  • RESOURCE AND MATERIAL MANAGEMENT
  • SUSTAINABLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS
  • INDUSTRIAL PRACTICE KNOWLEDGE
  • SELF-MANAGEMENT and team work

Both courses take the following structure and all areas are examined at the end of the course

Paper 1

Technical Principles

Paper 2

Designing and making principles

NEA (Non-exam Assessment)

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles

Written Exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes

120 Marks

30% of A Level

Written Exam: 1 Hour and 30 minutes

80 Marks

20% of A Level

Substantial D&M Task

100 marks

50% of A-level

Written or digital design portfolio with a final prototype

 

The quality of pupils’ personal development is excellent at all stages, in keeping with the aims of the school.

ISI 2013
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