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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 will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English Language at grade 5 (C/B) and Maths at grade 4 (C).

In addition, you should have GCSE Design Technology or a similar creative subject at grade 5 [C/B] or above. 

A small portfolio of your work will be required. You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in art and design and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a commited attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

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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Evie Wisniewska

Aspirations Pay Off For Travel and Tourism Student

Former Travel and Tourism student Evie Wisniewska was inspired to aim high by her teachers at the Roundhouse Technical and Professional Skills College so much so that she is working at managerial level early in her career.
Evie, a former pupil at Merrill Academy,came to the UK from Poland with her family when she was 12 and the initial language barrier took its toll on her confidence and self belief. She enrolled on the Travel and Tourism study programme at the Roundhouse and was initially unsure if this was something she wanted to do. 
However, her teacher took the time to motivate her to achieve her potential and inspired her to aim for higher education.
Evie also embraced the work experience opportunities organised through her College study programme at Jury’s Inn and Alter Rock climbing centre in Derby which gave her a valuable insight into various aspects of the tourism industry.
She then progressed onto the University of Derby’s Buxton campus and graduated with a BA Hons First Class Honours degree in International Tourism Management before working at Skills Coaches as the Business Development Officer.
Evie is now working as Operations Manager at The Stay Company in the city where she is responsible for the marketing, letting and upkeep of the apart-hotel development of 29 high quality serviced apartments. 
“The work experience I gained at both college and university has greatly prepared me for the world of work and to gain a managerial job with wide responsibilities so early in my career.
“At The Stay Company I am able to use my creative, financial, analytical and customer service skills in this role and my goal is to progress with The Stay Company as it expands across the East Midlands.”

Derby College gave me the self-belief that I could set my sights high in this industry and I am so grateful for the support I had from my teachers.

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