Design and Technology
This course teaches innovation and iterative design, taking students through a process of making products and prototypes using a range of materials, tools and processes. You will also apply mathematical and scientific knowledge and learn about manufacturing and environmental issues. Students study one area in depth such as timbers or textiles.
How is the course structured and graded?
The Iterative Design Challenge is a single task that is carried out in class and is worth 50% of the qualification. The other 50% of the qualification covers the principles of design and technology in an examination with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ knowledge of design technology as well as mathematics and science.
Will this course be suitable for me?
This course teaches students to become creative and critical thinkers, developing skills to design and deliver prototypes that solve real and relevant problems. You will gain skills which would be useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study and in your personal life, developing decision making skills as well as planning and organising. There are written aspects as well as practical work as part of this course.
“You need to do written work and remember some facts as well as doing practical work.” Student
What could this course lead to?
The study of Design and Technology can lead to a future career in product design, engineering, architecture, fashion and graphic design. It will develop your design and thinking skills that open up a world of possibility.
Mix of coursework and examination
Accepted for Sixth Form entry