Design & Technology (A-Level)

Design & Technology (A-Level)

Advanced Level Qualification

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

This specification has been This creative and thoughtprovoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put
their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Technical Principles

Students are expected to be able to name specific materials for
a wide range of applications.

They must also be able to provide detailed and justified explanations of why specific materials and combinations of materials are suitable for given applications.

Students should know and understand the classifications of the
following materials and be able to name examples that belong
to each category. Students should be able to describe how
workshop and industrial tests are set up and what will be
tested, measured and compared.

Students should be able to identify and understand the
properties of a variety of materials and their uses in a range of

Designing & Making Principles

Students should be aware of, and able to explain, different
approaches to user centred design. That in approaching a
design challenge there is not a single process, but that good
design always addresses many issues.

Students should be aware of, and able to discuss, how key
historical design styles, design movements and influential
designers that have helped to shape product design and

Socio economic influences, Major developments in technology
and Social, moral and ethical issues. Product lifecycles, design processes and design development.

  • Exam Board AQA
  • Course Code 7552
  • AS Available Yes
  • Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE D&T
  • Exam Papers 2
  • Course Work No
  • Prior Study Advantageous

Assessment Criteria

  • Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • 120 marks
  • 30% of Alevel          
  • Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • 80marks
  • 20% of Alevel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Substantial design and make project evidenced in and A3 portfolio.
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of Alevel

Course Progression and Additional Information

This course is an ideal continuation of the GCSE Design & Technology course allowing students to broaden their technical knowledge
and skills whilst applying and investigating to solve real world problems. The standard, size and depth of study will be considerably
higher than at GCSE with the expectation that the student will eventually deliver a high quality project.

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