Year 12-13 Curriculum
As a natural progression from GCSE Product Design, the Design Technology Department offers both AS and the full A2 Level qualification in Product Design (AQA). Both are loosely based on the GCSE format which encourages students to design, create, sculpt, problem solve and, most importantly, innovate. As the course is so flexible students may write their own briefs to design and make a number of products or concentrate on one – such as furniture design.
Both the AS and A2 Level are divided into two modules:
Where students have the opportunity to work and study a variety of materials so that they can understand the working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability, which influence the choice of materials in design situations. At A2 broader issues such as sustainability, design for mass production and the role of the designer/maker are also covered.
In a similar format to the GCSE Product Design, students at AS Level work through two or three design problems and produce finished pieces as a practical realisation – this may include a Bauhaus inspired chair, a piece of jewellery or a free form lamp. At A2 one substantial project is undertaken such as a piece of furniture design or architectural modelling. Emphasis is on innovation, accuracy and quality.
A Level students regularly visit London museums and participate in design workshops there. Students are also encouraged to apply for external scholarships and courses. We have been awarded the status of being an ‘Arkwright School’ which allows Sixth Form students to access external scholarships in Design and Technology. Students of various ages have also attended residential courses held by the Smallpeice Trust to encourage an awareness of career opportunities in Engineering.
“it allows you freedom and creativity” “teaches you a broad range of skills” “it’s a release from totally academic subjects” “it relates to everyday life” “the theory and materials side backs up my Science A levels”