Entry requirementsA minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including English Language (grade 4) and Maths (grade 4). Students should have followed GCSE Design Technology (any route). A portfolio of creative skills will be an advantage and should be presented at interview.
What will I study?There are two routes available in this A Level subject:
Product Design: Product Design
Product Design: Design Engineering
These courses are thought-provoking and stimulating, whilst being fast-moving, as they have been designed to keep students highly motivated and interested; allowing them to apply theory too.
AS Level (content tailored to Product Design or Design Engineering)Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
You will learn about the processes and techniques to shape, form, join, manufacture relevant products and components. As well as digital technologies and the effects of technological developments, you will also learn about factors which influence the development of a product.Component 2: Design and Make Project
You will undertake a small scale design, make and evaluate project to a given ‘external’ brief – from the exam board.
A Level (content tailored to Product Design or Design Engineering)
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
In addition to the AS topics you will also study how we design for maintenance and a cleaner environment, current legislation in our industry.
Component 2: Design and Make Project
You will undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project which requires you to produce a portfolio and a prototype outcome.
In the first year you will also follow a series of short beginner courses which include:
Solid Works 3D Computer Aided Design leading to CAD/CAM
Other A Levels such as English, Maths, Physics and Computer Science.
Good course combinations
What could it lead to?Higher education, in particular any design-related course including Product Design, Engineering disciplines, Architecture, Animation, Graphic Design and the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.
Please note: Course structure and content may be subject to change; subject to accreditation from Ofqual.
100% Achievement in 2016.