This course is designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, manufacture and marketing. Students produce an electronic design portfolio and manufactured outcomes. Through study and first-hand experience in practical work, students gain an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components. Coursework projects provide the opportunity for students to learn about the use of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM). Through the study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products, students begin to develop an understanding of broader issues for the designer such as environmental sustainability, ergonomics and consumer safety.
Students wishing to take this course should have completed a GCSE, or equivalent course, in a Design Technology subject achieving at least B grade or equivalent.