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.
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.