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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

24+ Loan Amount: 1987.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject that reflects authentic practice, giving you an insight into the way that creative, engineering and manufacturing industries function.

The specification requires you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills, reflecting the importance of Design and Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.

The subject content of this A-level is focused towards fashion and textiles products and accessories in a range of applications; their analysis in respect of materials, processes and trends; and their use in relation to industrial and commercial practices of fashion and textiles.

In Fashion and Textiles, materials and components are studied from the perspective of analysing modern consumer products, their design and their manufacture. These are taught within the context of product development and industrial and commercial practices. The wider issues affecting design decisions are also covered.

A-level Design Technology - Fashion and Textiles will be delivered subject to sufficient numbers.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language and Maths at grade 5 [B] or above.  In addition, applicants should have GCSE Design Technology at grade C or above. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in the subject and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

Course Content

During the two-year course, you will study a range of materials. You will develop a technical understanding of how products function and how they are made to support the design and manufacture of your own design solutions appropriately. You will learn about wider design principles and the effect of design on users and the world we live in.

You will identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products. You will develop your subject knowledge, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture.

You will develop a critical mind through enquiry and problem solving, exploration, creation and evaluation of iterative designs. We encourage freedom in approaches towards designing and making so as not to limit the possibilities of your project work or the materials and processes being used.

How will I be assessed?

A non-examined ‘Iterative Design Project’ is a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of exploring, creating and evaluating. It is worth 50% of the A-level qualification. You will be required to identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of your own choice, and create a chronological portfolio supported by real-time evidence of your project development. Innovative approaches will be required, resulting in a final prototype that can be tested against the user and the market.

The ‘Principles’ examination paper is worth 26.7% (80 marks) of the A-level qualification and assesses analysis of existing products, technical knowledge and understanding of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques. It allows you to demonstrate your understanding of design thinking and the wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries. The paper is 1 hour 30 minutes long.

The ‘Problem Solving’ paper is worth 23.3% (70 marks) of the A-level qualification and requires students to apply their knowledge and understanding through higher level thinking skills, reflecting on the viability of products and possible design solutions in context, and making critical judgements on the most appropriate methods and outcomes. The paper is 1 hour 45 minutes long.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject. This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources. However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials. You will also need to make a contribution towards any compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

What can I do after this course?

This course allows access to a range of destinations in the design and engineering industries, leading to future careers in product design, engineering, architecture, fashion and graphic design. It will develop your design and thinking skills in ways that open up a world of possibility and will provide you with the tools to create the future.

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Note - you only need to make one application for A-levels. You can specify the additional A-Levels you wish to study when you fill out the application form

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Abbey Sisson

Abbey Sisson

“Amazing” diploma offered more than sixth form for audiologist Abbey

As a teenager Royal Derby Hospital audiologist Abbey Sisson wanted to find “something different” after her GCSEs.
She had achieved As to Cs but was unsure about taking A levels because she wasn’t a natural at exams. She wanted to find a different direction and, on a whim, popped into an open day at Broomfield Hall.  
Abbey liked what she found – she made friends immediately – and was impressed by the Level 3 Public Services Uniformed Extended Diploma. It offered coursework modules, the equivalent of three A levels and “loads of opportunities” which helped her CV for job applications.
Abbey passed with a distinction and almost immediately after College landed a job as an emergency department assistant at the Royal Derby Hospital. Finding no clear career path there, she applied internally and went on to work in audiology as an assistant.
While there, she devoted her spare time, doing work placement on her days off, to achieve a foundation degree and a first-class BSc Healthcare Science Audiology degree at Aston University. Now a qualified audiologist at the Royal Derby, Abbey said her time at College helped her into the workplace.    

I was keen to do something different, and it really was different – it was amazing. I don’t think I would ever have had so many opportunities if I’d gone into the sixth form.  We volunteered in schools, doing sports leadership, as well as stewarding for events too. We had loads of opportunities. Because of the course, when I came to apply for jobs, I had a lot to say.

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