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Design & Technology AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

Product Design: Graphics Products

This two year course will focus on creativity and innovation relating to both product design and manufacture. The use of computer software will be a central focus and pupils will learn how to use a variety of new drawing packages. Individuals who intend to pursue a career in design will benefit from an understanding of Technical Drawing and Computer Aided Design (CAD).

The course is divided into four units, two of which are internally assessed projects. The course aims to:

  • Develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, product design
  • Develop pupils’ ability to design and make products that are fit for their purpose, satisfy wants or needs, and enhance day-to-day lives
  • Give pupils the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability
  • Develop skills in planning, research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation

Good design is vital to our world and economy. It is important, therefore, that we enthuse the designers of tomorrow and impart a passion for designing their future.

The course recognises the need for the development of computer aided design skills. For those intending to complete a Foundation course, advertising material and evidence of three dimensional work is often included in portfolios strengthening the candidates work.

Throughout the course pupils are encouraged to pursue links with industry, in conjunction with local business and the wider community, employing the skills and knowledge learnt in the classroom environment. Educational visits are scheduled into the course, with cost kept to a minimum.

Design projects

UNIT 1
Portfolio of Creative Studies

UNIT 2
Design and Technology in Practice

UNIT 3
Designing for the Future

UNIT4
Commercial Design

Enrichment Activities: Throughout the course pupils are encouraged to pursue links with industry, in conjunction with local business and the wider community, employing the skills and knowledge learnt in the classroom environment. Educational visits are scheduled into the course, with cost kept to a minimum.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology (500/2650/1).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Manufacturing Technologies .

Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Design and Technology (500/2662/8).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Manufacturing Technologies .

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Art and Design and Computing or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Design and Technology, which could lead onto higher education in areas of design, technology, architecture or more general higher education courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to design and technology such as engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape design, graphic design, product design, aeronautical engineering, web design and fashion.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at admissions@twggs.kent.sch.uk or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.





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