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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • A grade 3 in English Language is accepted for this course providing you have a grade 4 or above in English Literature. You will also need to enrol on English Language GCSE alongside your A-levels.
  • GCSE Mathematics at grade 6
  • GCSE Science at grade 5
  • GCSE DT grade 4 is preferred but NOT essential

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Exam board: OCR

88%OF DT STUDENTS ATTAIN A WHOLE GRADE HIGHER THAN THEIR PREDICTED GRADE BASED ON PREVIOUS ATTAINMENT AT ENTRY

The College runs three design courses. D&T Design Engineering and Product Design allow students to explore CAD modelling, drawing and presentation techniques and has an integral 3D element involving model making and use of workshop machinery. Graphic Communication encourages free expression and focuses on font work and the relationship between typography and image leading to purely 2D outcomes. Both Design Engineering and Product Design courses lead to the same qualification so cannot be taken together, however the Graphic Communication has some complementary overlaps which mean it can be taken alongside one of the DT subjects by students who wish to specialise in design at a higher level.

The D&T Design Engineering course is compatible with most other Linear A-level courses, depending on your chosen career path. They include Art & Design, Graphic Communication, Photography, Business Studies, Mathematics and Physics. The exact combination can lead to different career options and can be discussed with staff at enrolment events.

First Year

The first year of the course is divided into separate modules, commencing with an induction course.

Through the Design Engineering course you will undertake a broad approach to iterative design and gain skills to communicate visually through coursework projects and theoretical knowledge. Design Engineering coursework is focused towards mechanical engineering, mechatronics and electronic products and systems. Analysis of products in respect of function, operation, components and materials is used to understand their application and uses with a view of commercial viability. Design sketching forms a part of the course as does using Maths to underpin  technical considerations.

The use of industry standard CAD software is included in the course, alongside more traditional skills such as rendering, marker pen work and presentation. 3D modelling is integrated with 2D graphic techniques to develop outstanding skills. Integral to the course is the iterative design process. Through the course you will become an independent learner and you will gain an understanding of, and simulate the work of professional engineers in their project work.

Second Year

A focus on implementing the skills learnt in the first year will lead to high quality coursework outcomes. A folder of work will lead to a quality prototype model and work suitable for portfolios.

Unit 1

Principles of Design Engineering

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26.7%

Unit 2

Problem Solving in Design Engineering

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23.3%

Unit 3

Iterative Design Project

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Coursework

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 Methods of Teaching and Learning

A series of focused design tasks are set, that are organised so that you develop a wide range of design skills and understanding.

Enrichment

We hold talks from visiting industry professionals, and visits are made to the New Designers exhibition in London.  In addition, we encourage you to collaborate with the robotics club to develop their understanding of electronics programming.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is undertaken by a combination of coursework assessment and written/design examination. There is a Maths content in the examined unit equalling 25% of the grade. This is at higher tier GCSE maths level and will be taught as part of the theory content for the course.

Progression

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to develop your studies through a range of Higher Education courses. These include: Engineering, 2D and 3D degree courses, architecture, interior design and CAD/CAM based manufacturing courses.

Resources

Design and Technology has a purpose built suite of rooms complete with a design studio and workshop including a range of industry standard CNC machines. We have also added a suite of 3D printers which allow students to explore 3D design options quickly and accurately.

Charges

You will need a studio kit of graphic materials. Kits will be available by an external supplier nominated by the college. The cost of these items is approximately £40. Access to a PC at home will be an advantage as you will be able to download CAD software. You will also be required to pay around £30 towards materials for your major project and home access to 3D modelling software. The cost of all trips will be your responsibility. Financial assistance is available if required.

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