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Qualification name GCE A Level in Design and Technology (Design Engineering / Fashion and Textiles / Product Design)
Qualification level 3
Awarding organisation Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations
Course type Classroom based
Course hours Full-time
Course start date 5th September 2022
Cost description 16 - 18 EFA Funded
Attendance pattern Daytime

Discover the learning experience and opportunities you can expect from this course.

D&T Design Engineering allows students to explore CAD modeling drawing and presentation techniques and has an integral 3D element involving model making and use of workshop machinery. Both Design Engineering and Product Design courses lead to the same qualification so cannot be taken together. The first year of the course is divided into separate modules commencing with an induction course. Students studying the Design Engineering course will undertake a broad approach to engineering through the iterative design of products 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 mathematics and science 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 produce students with outstanding skills. Integral to the course is the iterative design process. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and will gain an understanding of and simulate the work of professional engineers in their project work. 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. Visits are made to the New Designers exhibition in London BMW mini Plan in Oxford and ongoing development of industry links.

Find out what qualifications and skills you will need for this course.

Five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above including English Language or English Literature. A grade 6 in Maths and 5 in Science are required. In addition although not essential a GCSE in Design and Technology at grade 4 or above is preferred. The ability or willingness to learn to draw is required - there is full support for this as it is a fundamental part of the course. Should you not meet these course requirements you may choose Product Design which requires a Grade 4 in Maths with ideally a 4 i

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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 also have a suite of 3D printers which allow students to explore 3D design options quickly and accurately.

Find out more about exams, assignments and assessments.

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

On successful completion of these courses and depending on other A-level subjects taken students can develop their studies through a range of Higher Education courses. These include: Engineering 2D and 3D degree courses architecture Product design and CAD/CAM based manufacturing courses. It would also be valuable for students aiming to pursue career paths in Engineering professions through work based apprenticeships. Students will have access to careers in engineering automotive design ci

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Name St Brendan's Sixth Form College
Address St Brendans Sixth Form College
Broomhill Road
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Phone +44 117 977 7766
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