St. Olave’s Grammar School celebrates a stunning 96% A*/B grades at A-Level with a total of 76% of all grades at A*/A . Fantastic GCSE results too with 91% of grades at A*/A or the new levels 9/8/7 in Mathematics and English. 68% at A* level

A-Level Design & Technology

Design and Technology currently follow the AQA Design and Technology: Product Design specification. Students wishing to study this subject need to have attained at least a Grade A in this subject at GCSE. 

Students are required to confirm whether they will be sitting the AS or continuing to the full A-Level in the first month of Year 12. All Year12 students will follow the same theory course, developing knowledge in Technical and Design and Making principles. Alongside this students taking the AS will complete the Non-Exam assessment, a single design and make project inspired by context set by the exam board. Students studying the A Level will complete a range of smaller projects during Year 12 to build knowledge, skills and experience and complete a non-exam assessment project in Year 13.    

PRODUCT DESIGN AS and A-Level Assessment

 

AS Units

 

AQA

Paper 1

80 marks

Weighting

50%

of AS Level

Paper 1

Technical Principles and Designing and Making Principles. 

This is a written exam on materials and components knowledge, looking at modern manufacture and the design of products. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of how skills and knowledge from other subject areas inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology. Candidates will be expected to be able to demonstrate maths and science skills.  

 

AQA

NEA

80 Marks

Weighting

50%

of AS Level

Non exam assessment 

Practical application of technical and designing and making principles. 
This is an electronic portfolio coursework unit and consists of one large design and make assignment. It consists of an A3 electronic folder of around 35 pages and a functional quality product designed for a specified client. Candidates will be able to select their brief and client within the context set by the exam board. 

 

A-Level

AQA

Paper 1

120 Marks

Weighting

30%

of A Level

Paper 1

Technical Principles

Mixture of short answer and extended response.  
This is a written exam on materials and components knowledge, looking at modern manufacture and the design of products. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of how skills and knowledge from other subject areas inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology. Candidates will be expected to be able to demonstrate maths and science skills.  

 

AQA

Paper 2

80 Marks

Weighting

20%

of A Level

 

Paper 2

Design and Making Principles

This is a written exam consisting of two sections with a mixture of short answer and extended response questions. Section A will focus on Product Analysis with up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s). Section B will focus on Commercial manufacture through a Mixture of short and extended response questions.

 

 

AQA

NEA

100 Marks

Weighting

50%

of A Level

Non exam assessment 

Principal application of technical principles, designing and making principles. 
Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolio that demonstrates designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation. The outcome an A3 electronic portfolio of work and a constructed product for a real client. 

 
ASSOCIATED CAREERS
  • Product Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Special Film Effects Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Aeronautical Design
  • Concept Design
  • Entrepreneur
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Research and Development
 
ENRICHMENT
There are various opportunities within the department for students to take part in extra-curricular projects to further extend their interests in both Design and Engineering.