KS5 Students who enjoy Design Technology can stay on in the Sixth Form to study A Level Design and Technology: Product Design or A level Design and Technology; Fashion and Textiles. Our A Level syllabus fully prepares students for undergraduate study in a design subject, architecture, engineering or fashion
The aims of the A level courses in Design and Technology are to encourage students to, make use of tacit knowledge and reflective practices in order to work with tasks that are challenging and often require definition develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice, recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high quality products, develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities and from a contemporary and historical perspective, draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technology activities, develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices, use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability.
Students have to demonstrate the application and understanding of materials and component, industrial and commercial practice, quality, health and safety, systems and control, products/outcomes and application. Students are asked to complete portfolios which demonstrate skills in communication of ideas and information, evaluation of products, designing, planning, making. There is also an Exam paper to prepare for and students will get the opportunity to practice Exam Technique throughout the course. The students’ progress will be monitored through regular checks on the progress of design projects, assessment of short focused practical tasks and examinations at the end of Year 12 and the mock examinations in Year 12 and 13.