Design & Technology

Design & Technology (Product Design)

  • Component 1: Theory 50% of A2
  • Component 2: Non Examined Assessment (Coursework) 50% of A2
  • Exam Board: Edexcel
  • Course Code: 9DTO

Course aims:

Advanced GCE Design & Technology aims to provide an opportunity for students to develop their own creativity, design capability and entrepreneurial skills. They learn to apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities and to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. Students should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products, and an interest in the influences of the products upon the world, including sustainability.

Entry requirements:

Grade B or above in GCSE Design & Technology would provide the most suitable foundation, although we have had many successful candidates who did not study the subject at GCSE level.

Key features:

  • Provides a suitable foundation for the study of Design & Technology related courses in further and higher education and for employment in a related industry.
  • Encourages the development of independent learning, planning, creativity and innovation.
  • Develops many transferable skills that are valuable in an increasingly flexible working environment

Higher Education (check with relevant institutions and career advisors for current subject/grade entry requirements):

  • Engineering – D&T, Maths and Physics make a good combination.
  • Product Design/Graphic Design – D&T, Art, Business Studies and other combinations are possible
  • Architecture/Surveying/Construction – D&T with Maths and Art or Physics or Business Studies.
  • Education - D&T is a very stimulating subject to teach with every day providing a new challenge!