Examination Board:  Edexcel

In Year 12 Students will study the following units:

Part 1: Identifying and outlining possibilities for design

Identification and investigation of a design possibility, investigation of client/end user

needs, wants and values, research and production of a specification.

Part 2: Designing a prototype

Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of

development and final design and communication of design ideas.

In Year 13 the following units will be studied:

Part 3: Making a final prototype

Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy.

Part 4: Evaluating own design and prototype

Testing and evaluation.

Specific requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Resistant Materials, Graphics or Electronics.

What will I study?

Studying the course will :

  • Equip students with design skills for the future - Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.
  • Encourage creativity and innovation - At A Level students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.

Where does it lead?

It is possible to progress directly to degree courses in engineering, architecture, furniture design, 3D design and product design. D&T is recognised as a 'full' A-level for courses where non-specific subjects are requested. It is also increasingly a recommendation or requirement for design based courses (as Art is for art/design and Maths for engineering) such as architecture, product design, design engineering, engineering, applied art courses.