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Design and Technology: Key Stage 5

Edexcel A Level Design and Technology - Product Design (9DT0)

This is a qualification that reflects a modern and evolving society; it will give students the skills to succeed in their chosen pathway. The aim of the course is 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, materials, manufacture and marketing. They will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world. Students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief for a client/end user.

The A level ensures clear progression of knowledge, understanding and design/making skills so they will have a coherent experience of moving from the specialisation at A level to carrying out further study.

 

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology (Paper code: 9DT0/01)

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes

50% of the qualification

120 marks

Assessment overview

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

  • analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle for prototypes made by others
  • analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.

 

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (Paper code: 9DT0/02)

Non-examined assessment (NEA)

50% of the qualification

120 marks

Assessment overview

  • The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.
  • Students will produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype
  • The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper (or electronic equivalent)

There are four parts to the assessment:

Part 1: Identifying and outlining possibilities for design

Identification and investigation of a design possibility, investigation of client/end user needs, wants and values, research and production of a specification

Part 2: Designing a prototype

Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas

Part 3: Making a final prototype

Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy

Part 4: Evaluating own design and prototype

Testing and evaluation

Link to Specification https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/A%20Level/Design%20and%20Technology%20-%20Product%20Design/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/Specification-GCE-L3-A-level-in-Design-and-Technology.pdf

FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES WITH PRODUCT DESIGN

Not only does this course give students outstanding experience in designing and making in new exciting way, it opens up a range of possibilities on leaving school in careers such as:

Architecture, Advertising, Fashion Design, Graphic Designer, Web Design, Typographer, Interior Design, Jeweller, Ceramicist, Product Engineer, Furniture Designer, Packaging, Communications, Film, Software, Transport, Product Engineering, Landscape, etc. The subject gives students a firm grounding in the skills of creativity problem-solving, communication and ICT which would apply to all careers. In a time when employers look for people who can add value, this is the subject that could give students their USP.

 

Subject: VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

Qualification: Level 3

Exam Board: VTCT

 

What will I study?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist. This course will work alongside the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing (Technical Certificate) qualification students will cover in year 12. It combines both level 2 junior stylist units that will be the foundation required for a junior hairdresser/hairstylist and level 3 technical advanced units required for a senior hairstylist. Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. You will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of basic and advanced cutting, colouring and lightening services. Alongside these are units to develop and enhance skills in setting, dressing, blow-drying and styling hair. In parallel, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and your commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed. Learners must achieve all mandatory units
 

Level 2 includes:

  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Blow-dry and style hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Cut ladies hair
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Set and dress hair
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Style hair with electrical equipment

 

Level 3 includes:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Hairdressing consultation
  • Hair cutting services
  • Hair colouring services
  • Setting and dressing services
  • Blow-dry and finishing services


In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete one optional unit. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): colour correction services, hair and scalp treatments, hair extension services, men's cutting services, occasion hair services, managing a commercial column and social media marketing.

 

There will be 4 External examinations, a graded practical assessment, a graded synoptic assessment, a service portfolio and a Portfolio of evidence required.

 

What could this qualification lead to?
Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council. As a senior hairdresser/hairstylist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:
Commercial salons, specialist African type hair salons, independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings, television, film, theatre and media, armed services, HM prison service, cruise liners, hospitals/care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for employment, you may choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4

 

Link to Specification

https://qualifications.vtct.org.uk/finder/qualfinder/1Qualification%20Specification/HB3D6.pdf

 

VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering – Year 12

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering is a technical level qualification aimed at students who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed barbering. Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. You will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of basic cutting and barbering services specifically for men’s hairdressing and creating basic shapes in the hair. They will be able to understand the workings and maintenance of Clippers. In parallel, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

 

How you will be assessed

You must achieve all mandatory units:
- Advise and consult with clients
- Create basic outlines and detailing in hair
- Clipper maintenance
- Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques
- Cut men's hair using basic techniques
- Dry and finish men's hair
- Hair tonics
- Health, safety and hygiene
- Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
There will be 2 External examinations, a graded practical assessment, a graded synoptic assessment, and a service portfolio.

Where the course could take you

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council. As a junior men's hairdresser/barber, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of environments, which include: - commercial barbershops or salons, specialist African type barber shops/salons, independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings, armed services, HM prison service.
Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3 in one or more of the following areas: senior men's stylist/barber, creative male grooming, salon management.

 

Specification: https://qualifications.vtct.org.uk/finder/qualfinder/1Qualification%20Specification/HB2D2.pdf

 

 

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering – Year 13

Course outline:

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering is a technical level qualification aimed at students who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed senior barbering. Throughout this qualification, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety.

 

They will also develop knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and barbering services specifically for men’s hair, provide shaving services and create facial hair. In parallel, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

 

How you will be assessed

You must achieve all mandatory units:

  • Health And safety in the salon
  • Hairdressing consultation                                                                                                                                      
  • Cutting hair using barbering techniques                                                                     
  • Creating facial hair shapes                 
  • Shaving services men's styling services

In addition to completing mandatory units, you are required to complete one optional unit. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): Social media marketing for hair or beauty business, Planning and implementing promotional activities, Managing a commercial column, Colouring men's hair, Creating a barbering portfolio, Creating patterns In the hair, Hair and scalp treatment, Hair relaxing service, Hair tonics, Clipper maintenance.

There will be 2 External examinations, a graded practical assessment, a graded synoptic assessment, and a service portfolio.

Where the course could take you

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council. As a junior men's hairdresser/barber, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of environments, which include: - commercial barbershops or salons, specialist African type barbershops/salons, independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings, armed services, HM prison service.
Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas: senior men's stylist/barber, creative male grooming, salon management.

               

Specification: https://qualifications.vtct.org.uk/finder/qualfinder/1Qualification%20Specification/HB3D2.pdf

 

Other useful websites:

The Hairdressing Council - haircouncil.org.uk

National Hairdressers' Federation - nhf.info

 

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