Design & Technology - Resistant Materials
What will I study?
This course provides an opportunity for you to develop your own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills; to apply knowledge and understanding to a wide range of technological activities and to develop your critical thinking and collaborative skills.
You should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products or systems, and in the processes and products of design and technological activity. The subject leads on from GCSE developing your design and make skills and your theoretical knowledge.
In year 1 you will learn about materials and processes, completing small projects to develop making skills which will lead on to a large design and make project, spanning across the end of year 1 and all of year 2 containing 50% of the overall A-level marks. This project will test students’ skills in designing, making and evaluating their prototype. Students can choose from a wide range of project ideas. At the end of the second year there will be an exam comprising of 50% of the marks, Maths will make up 15% of the exam and will be taught across both years. Some science aspects will be included in the final project portfolio.
What do I need to study this course?
GCSE Design & Technology – Resistant Materials or Graphic Products (Grade 9-5), or a related subject (Grade 9-5), BTEC First Diploma in Engineering or Manufacturing (Merit), interview and supporting portfolio.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment involves regular coursework and theoretical assessment and formal mock examinations.
Where will Design Technology - Resistant Materials lead me?
This course leads to a wide range of careers including Architecture, Product Design, Media or Engineering.
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