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Design & Technology

This creative and thought-provoking qualification will give you the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers - especially those in the creative industries.

You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology - and gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education institutions and employers.

You will take part in both practical and theoretical study, whilst enjoying opportunities to put your learning into practice by producing a variety of products. You’ll also develop skills in research, investigation, design, CAD/CAM, modelling and critical-thinking.

Lessons take place in our well-equipped, custom-built, Design and Technology facility – including a spacious workshop.

This course will prepare you for entry into a wide range of university courses, as well as a number of creative technology-based careers – considered to be the fastest-growing industry in the UK.

This subject is for you: if you enjoy problem-solving, innovation, being creative and developing your design and production skills through practical, and real-world design experiments. You’ll be excited by the independence of making decisions and developing solutions, as well as by new challenges and open-ended problems.


50% examination - two papers taken at the end of the course

50% coursework assessment - 45-hour design and build task

Subject Level Year Group Exam Board