GCSE Grade 6 in Design Technology or a Level 2 Merit in Engineering.
GCSE Grade 5 in Mathematics, Science and English Language or Literature as these areas will be tested in the examinations and applied during the NEA unit.
This A Level course targets those who will be looking at a career in engineering and product design and are keen to develop and apply their interest, skills and expertise further. During the first year of the course students will be taught the core technical, designing and manufacturing principles and additional specialist knowledge. Areas include material science and applications, manufacturing techniques, CAD/CAM skills and how new technologies influence design. Students will carry out a number of design and practical pieces of work in a range of materials and this evidence will be collated in a portfolio for internal assessment purposes. There will be no external AS examinations or submission of controlled assessment in year 12. There will however be a mock examination which will be used to measure the progress students have made and help determine future strategies.
This course is designed to enhance those skills that many universities and employers look for in any prospective candidate i.e. the ability to effectively analyse problems and situations, develop realistic proposals and strategies, carry a project through to a conclusion, meet deadlines and work to a budget. Students will have access to the faculty’s excellent CAD-CAM equipment including a computer controlled lathe, 3D printer, milling machine, large printer-plotter, laser cutters and CNC router.
All Students will be expected to work independently, work to and write design briefs, develop their own designs and produce detailed design portfolios, models and prototypes.
The Russell Group universities view D&T as a ‘useful advanced level qualification’ for studying engineering and material sciences’.
|A Level Units in Year 13||% of A Level|
|Unit 1 & 2 - Examinations||50%|
|Unit 3 - Non-Examination Assessment||50%|
3D product design is an excellent choice for anyone considering a career in any field of design & technology, e.g. engineering, product design, graphic design, furniture design, automotive design, architecture, etc.
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