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Design Technology

(Edexcel Product Design)

Good design is vital to our world and economy, and it is important therefore, that we enthuse students with a passion for designing their futures.

What will you study?

Students following a course in Design and Technology (Edexel Product Design) will further their appreciation of design, focusing to an extent on industrial techniques and practices. They will also develop their own design and technological capabilities through the designing and manufacture of high quality products. In addition they will analyse and, where appropriate, modify existing products and systems, and examine the implications of industrial production. The main areas of study are Design and Technology in Society, Materials, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, and Product Analysis.

How is it assessed?

A Level Design and technology course is linear so assessment of student’s knowledge takes place at the end of the two years of study.

Within year 12 you will concentrate on developing an understanding of the subject which allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes. This will be via theory sessions and practical design and make activities.

In Year 13 students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed to design and make a product of their own choice. The final assessment comprises of 50% coursework and 50% written paper.

Enrichment opportunities? Where might it lead you?

Design and Technology prepares you for a range of careers:

This includes all areas of Engineering, Product design and Industrial Design. The subject also supports careers in Architecture and Graphical communications.

There are considerable transferable skills which include development and demonstration of manipulative skills communication and project management.

Within Design and Technology we have links to industrial experience and input from a number of universities.

We actively encourage students to extend their experience via STEM, Smallpeice Trust and Arkwright Scholarships.

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