Design & Technology is a well-resourced and very popular subject at A level. The emphasis of study, at all levels, is to nurture innovation in design, enabling students to create fit for purpose products aimed at a client or group. Students have the opportunity to employ a wide variety of modern and traditional research, design and manufacturing systems to produce high quality 2D designs and 3D products.
Computer aided design and manufacture such as laser cutting, engraving and 3D printing is taught alongside traditional design and manufacturing methods providing pupils the opportunity to gain a variety of skills and knowledge relating to design and manufacture in the modern world.
At A level, this creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in creative and engineering related industries. Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practise by producing their own prototypes. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.