At Key Stage 5 we currently follow the AQA Three-dimensional design syllabus (AQA Specification 7245). In Year 12 students explore ideas about designs from different times, places and cultures. They critically assess designers' work which gives them opportunities to explore and experiment with their own ideas using a broad range of materials and techniques.
For Component 1, Year 13 students focus on a personal investigation into an idea, concept or theme supported by written material. The work should follow the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. The investigation must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.
Component 2 is the externally set assignment, where students are required to select one of 8 given questions. They will have a preparatory period to collect ideas and will complete a 15 hour supervised timed session.