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Design and Technology

Head of Department: Ms Emma Alighieri

We offer two different Design and Technology options in the Sixth Form: Product Design and Textiles.

D&T Product Design A Level

Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, which influences the outcome of almost everything we do, often without our being aware that it has done so.

Product design is often studied as a gateway subject, with students seeking careers in professions such as architecture, engineering (such as civil and mechanical), product design etc. This can be via further education or apprenticeships, although other routes exist.

We offer two courses of Product design at 'A' level - Graphics and Resistant Materials. These offer students the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. It will also promote the ability of students to:

  • initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes;
  • develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials;
  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials;
  • develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills

At Salesian we follow the Edexcel specification. Tuition combines classroom study of industry practice and production theory, with practical applications in our purpose-built workshops.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet

D&T Product Design: Textiles A Level

The UK fashion Industry is worth £21 billion a year, and supports over 810,000 jobs. For entry into a wealth of opportunities in the most exciting and successful industry in the UK, this course is a great starting point. It can be combined with many other courses to give a strong basis for both further education and work related opportunities in fashion or textile design, tailoring, costumer designer, jewellery and accessory design, fashion merchandising, buying, retail, stylist, fashion photographer, product and fibre development, interior design, lingerie design and much, much more.

The course is designed to encourage candidates to develop a broad view of Textiles within design and technology; develop their capacity to design and make textile products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. Specifically, students cover the following topics:

  • Materials, Components and Application 
  • Fibre classifications – natural, man-made, future developments 
  • Yarns and fabric manufacture 
  • Product components 
  • Manipulating and combining materials 
  • Design and market influences 
  • History of design, social and economic influences 
  • Design in practice and the role of the designer  
  • Marketing and the product life cycle 
  • Textiles and the environment 
  • Processes and Manufacture 
  • ICT in the industry 
  • Health and safety 
  • Systems and control 

We follow the AQA specification. Tuition combines classroom study of industry practice and production theory, with practical applications and the opportunity to design and make a range of textile artefacts.

Extra-curricular opportunities include: regular visits to the V & A museum, exhibitions and industry specific shows.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet

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