Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by designing and manufacturing products with the use of CAD/CAM and other practical applications.
Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.
How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 25% of A-level
Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.
Paper 2 – What’s assessed:
Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.
How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 25% of A-level
Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.
Section A: Product Analysis, up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).
Section B: Commercial manufacture, mixture of short and extended response questions
Non-exam assessment (NEA). What’s assessed: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.
How it’s assessed: Substantial design and make task, 45 hours, 100 marks, 50% of A-level
Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.