AS Level – 40% of the A level

50% Non Examined Assessment (NEA) 80 Marks: Design and Make task Approx 40 hours

Informal sketchbook. Formal Portfolio and Product

50% Examination (2.5 hours) 80 Marks: A mix of structured and extended writing questions to assess the understanding of:

– Core Technical Principles of Design
– Specialist Product Design Principles and Materials
– History of Design, Design decisions and wider issues in Design Technology

A2: Level (Year 2) 60% of the A Level

50% NEA 100 Marks: One design and make task based on a WJEC Contextual Challenge.

50% EXAM 100 Marks: A mix of structured and extended writing and design questions

With the wide skill set you will gain in Design Technology you can take the course in to many different academic and vocational careers.
The main areas of interest and career pathways for students are:

  • Engineering (All types) Architecture
  • Graphic or Fashion Design
  • Product design & Manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Engineering
  • Computing and Technical Design
  • Carpentry, Plumbing, Mechanics and Construction
  • Product Development
  • Buying and Selling
  • Teaching
  • Freelance Design
  • Science and Maths

6 grade C’s at GCSE, including a grade C in GCSE Maths and a grade C in GCSE English. Art or DT at GCSE is desirable, not essential.

A grade B in a discursive subject like History, Religious Studies or English Literature can be used as an alternative for English.