Students study a very broad range of different materials and
their working properties, processes and relevant industrial
applications, modern and emerging technologies along
with applying mathematics and scientific understanding to
real world contexts and problems. They use this knowledge
and understanding in order to produce a range of different
protypes and working models across the two-year course.
Students draw on the skills learnt at GCSE including,
research, designing, developing, manufacturing prototypes
In the first year, students complete two main projects,
a luminaire based on the work of famous, Engineers,
designers or Architects and a project which has its context
set by the exam board. They will also undertake work in
building skills in CAD, CAM, Engineering, Graphical Design
and product realisation.
In Year 13, students use their knowledge and experiences
from Year 12 to develop their own design brief in order
to undertake a major project. This allows students to
undertake a substantial project in an area that they are
passionate or interested in.
A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics
Grade 4 in a D&T subject OR an equivalent demonstration of expertise
During the course students develop skills in analysing,
evaluating, designing, developing ideas and manufacturing,
engineering principles and producing high quality products.
students will also acquire an understanding of manufacturing
processes and techniques, using mathematics in real world
contexts, understanding the role engineering and design plays
in every day contexts, materials knowledge, design history and
how engineering and design has shaped the way we live.
The course can lead on to further education or careers in
the following areas: Product Design, Product Engineering,
Engineering, Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design,
Furniture Design, Set/Prop Design, Interior Designer, Production
Engineer, Software Designer, Project Manager and Web Design.