When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

Would you like to develop a broad understanding of design and technology? This course is aimed at a wide range of students who wish to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. It allows you to gain skills in designing and making products, which will be demonstrated through practical course work.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications.

The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: English or Welsh (1st language), Design and Technology OR Art and Design
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures and classroom work to include group work
  • Interactive resources on the course MOODLE (VLE) site
  • Listening, reading and responding
  • Practical workshop sessions

Assessment:

The theory units will be examined in May/June each year. The project and portfolio work will be assessed in parts throughout the year and externally moderated in early May.

Progression:

Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

If you choose to continue your studies in a related subject, there are many university courses available, and your studies on the A Level course will help you to make an informed choice from the options available. 

You could progress onto a Foundation Degree in Art and Design, or apply for a degree in teaching, product design, jewellery design, fashion and textiles, engineering, architecture, or any other area which interests you.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau

    The course gives you an introduction to the field of design and manufacturing technology. You will have the opportunity to develop your design and making skills through sketchbook and project work. You will also be able to use computerised design systems (CAD/CAM), and will have opportunities to experience product design in industrial context. Foreign trips and educational visits to exhibitions may also be arranged.

    Year 1 (AS)

    DT1 – Theory work: This covers four main topics: design and innovation; product analysis; materials and components; industrial and commercial practice. The unit is worth 40% of the AS grade, and will involve a written exam.

    DT2 – Design and make portfolio (Open brief): This practical unit consists of six stages – research; designing; planning for making; selecting materials and processes; evaluation; making. It is a project-based unit, worth 60% of the AS grade.

    Year 2 (A2)

    DT3 – Theory work: This covers an additional four topics building on AS work and taking your knowledge to an advanced level: human responsibility; public interaction; processes; production systems and control. The unit will be assessed with a written exam and is equivalent to 20% of the A-level grade.

    DT4 – Design and make portfolio (Set brief): This practical unit follows the same six stages as the AS practical unit with further emphasis on innovation and creativity in design. It is a project-based unit, worth 30% of the A-level grade.

  • Pwllheli

    The course gives you an introduction to the field of design and manufacturing technology. You will have the opportunity to develop your design and making skills through sketchbook and project work. You will also be able to use computerised design systems (CAD/CAM), and will have opportunities to experience product design in industrial context. Foreign trips and educational visits to exhibitions may also be arranged.

    Year 1 (AS)

    DT1 – Theory work: This covers four main topics: design and innovation; product analysis; materials and components; industrial and commercial practice. The unit is worth 40% of the AS grade, and will involve a written exam.

    DT2 – Design and make portfolio (Open brief): This practical unit consists of six stages – research; designing; planning for making; selecting materials and processes; evaluation; making. It is a project-based unit, worth 60% of the AS grade.

    Year 2 (A2)

    DT3 – Theory work: This covers an additional four topics building on AS work and taking your knowledge to an advanced level: human responsibility; public interaction; processes; production systems and control. The unit will be assessed with a written exam and is equivalent to 20% of the A-level grade.

    DT4 – Design and make portfolio (Set brief): This practical unit follows the same six stages as the AS practical unit with further emphasis on innovation and creativity in design. It is a project-based unit, worth 30% of the A-level grade.