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Overview

An A-level in Design and Technology will really help equip you for the modern world as you will learn how to identify and define people’s needs, and then create solutions through product design.

Students will learn how to plan, design and create a product. The course encourages candidates to be innovative and creative and to develop their ability to design high-quality products.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 5 September 2022
  • 3 January 2023

Colleges:

  • London

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16

Length:

  • 2 Academic Years (6 terms)
  • We also offer entry from Year 12 (3 terms)

Lessons:

  • Average 7 hours per week for each A-level subject (plus homework and private study)

Learning outcomes

  • Develop an awareness of the significance of design and technology to society
  • Learn more about production processes and industrial practices
  • Develop critical evaluation skills which they can employ in a variety of technical, aesthetic, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts.
  • As a result, candidates will also become discerning consumers of design and technology, able to make informed choices.  

Course content and structure

Core Content

  • Situation: preparing a design brief
  • Research
  • Specification: analysis leading to succinct specification
  • Concepts
  • Modelling
  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Design and Technology in Society: explore different approaches to design; differentiate between mass productions and small-batch
  • Ergonomics
  • Energy: main sources of energy; methods of conversion
  • Control: automatic and semi-automatic
  • Materials
  • Materials Processing
  • Product analysis
  • Health and Safety

Students can choose one of the following optional focus areas:

Product Design

  • Design stimulus and methodology
  • Production
  • Modelling
  • Metal properties
  • Processing
  • Tool technology
  • Wood properties
  • Plastic Properties

Practical Technology

  • Technological design and production
  • Materials
  • Processing
  • Mechanisms
  • Structures
  • Structural Failure
  • Testing
  • Power Sources
  • Electronics and Control
  • Circuits

Graphic Products

  • Design and influences methodology
  • Recording information
  • Modelling and testing
  • Drawing systems
  • Presentation
  • Geometry
  • Mechanisms
  • Materials

Typical A-level subject combinations with Design and Technology

  • Art and Design, Maths, Design Technology
  • Mathematics, Physics, Design and Technology

Degree progression

Having a degree in Design Technology will depending on the area of focus, lead to a range of career areas including:

  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Fashion Design
  • Textiles

Sample student progression

  • Eun Seo Kim Product Design Middlesex University
  • Mathilde Whitlock Product Design UAL (Central St Martins)
  • Celia Rose Caplitz Textile Design UAL

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The Kings Admissions Team