Design & Technology Scholarships for entry in September 2022

Up to two Design & Technology Scholarships will be offered for entry in September 2022 to boys who have talent, aptitude and ability in product design and manufacture using resistant materials (wood, metal and plastics) and computer-aided design software.

A Design & Technology Scholarship is intended to give recognition to practical ability or potential within the field of product design, whether artistically based or more design directed.

Awards are made to candidates at 13+ (Third Year) and upon entry to the Sixth Form. Candidates must apply for either an Art award or a Design & Technology award. It is not possible for candidates to apply for both awards.

For external candidates, the winning of a Design & Technology award does not in itself secure a boy entry to the school; he must also meet the academic requirements for entrance in a separate examination appropriate to his age-group.

Internal candidates will be invited to participate by the Head following consultation with the Design & Technology Department.

Design & Technology Scholars are expected to make the most of the facilities of the School’s Design & Technology Department to pursue their particular interests and develop their skills both within and outside the taught curriculum to GCSE level and beyond.

Sixth form (16+) candidates must be studying Design & Technology at GCSE (or equivalent) level, be choosing an A Level in the subject and be willing to develop their skills both within and outside the A Level curriculum in order to be considered for a Design & Technology Scholarship.

The Head of Design & Technology, Mr Dan Hughes, welcomes informal contact with potential candidates by emailing common.room@abingdon.org.uk.

All awards are reviewed annually, and are subject to satisfactory academic progress and behaviour. Continued tenure of Design & Technology awards will be at the discretion of the Head of Department, and dependant upon continuing study of the subject.

The Scholarship carries an entitlement to a nominal fee remission of £300 per year. However, as is the case for all pupils, there is an option to apply for further financial assistance through a means-tested bursary.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0)1235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk

Key Dates & Application Procedure for 13+ Scholarships

Key Dates – Third Year (13+) D&T Scholarships
Entry forms deadline
(online form to be completed by your son’s school)
Friday 26 November 2021
Letter of reference from current D&T teacher To arrive by Friday 26 November 2021
Portfolio to be submitted
(All portfolios must be submitted electronically)
By 28 January 2022
Scholarship Assessment Wednesday 9 February 2022

Application Procedure

As well as a completed application form, a Design & Technology reference from the candidate’s current Design & Technology teachers will be requested.

A portfolio of recent work by the candidate must be submitted digitally, as either a Powerpoint presentation, a PDF or a hosted webpage. It should include personal work produced by the candidate in their own time as well as work produced at school, clubs or holiday courses.

It should show a variety of work (sketching, CAD or Sketchup designs and photographic or video evidence of any 3D work) and may include modelling, small projects or kits etc. Work should be presented through good quality photographs showing a clear and accurate indication of the work’s quality.

Portfolios should be emailed to admissions@abingdon.co.uk.

Candidates will be shortlisted for a half day of assessment and interview. External candidates will be assessed remotely this year. They will be set a design task to complete in a fixed time, and after this they will be interviewed, when they will be expected to talk about their work and Design & Technology interests.

The Assessment 

Following the submission of their portfolio, at the assessment candidates must be prepared to:

  • undertake a design challenge, the brief for which they will be given on the day. The required materials will be sent out in advance, but candidates will need basic equipment (scissors / craft knives / sellotape / glue / masking tape).
  • after the design challenge, have an interview with the Head of Design & Technology. Candidates will have an opportunity to discuss the practical work undertaken and expand on their portfolio material, talking about their interests and any designers whose work excites them.

For further information please contact the Admissions Officer on 01235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk.

Key Dates & Application Procedure for 16+ Scholarships

Key Dates – Sixth Form (16+) D&T Scholarships
Entry forms deadline
(online form to be completed by boy’s parent/legal guardian)
Friday 15 October 2021
Letter of reference from current D&T teacher To arrive by Friday 15 October 2021
Portfolio to be submitted
(3D work by photo only, digital portfolios by email
During the week Monday 15 – Friday 19 November 2021
D&T Scholarship Assessment/Interviews Tuesday 25 November 2021

Application Procedure

As well as a completed application form, a Design & Technology reference from the candidate’s current D&T teachers will be requested.

A digital portfolio of recent GCSE coursework by the candidate must be submitted as either a Powerpoint presentation, a PDF or a hosted webpage and should include personal work produced by the candidate in their own time, at school-based clubs or at holiday courses.

It should show a variety of work (sketching, CAD or Sketchup designs and photographic or video evidence of any 3D work) and may include modelling, small projects or kits etc. Size permitting, candidates will be encouraged to bring one example of their 3D work with them to their interview.

Three-dimensional design projects should NOT be submitted with the portfolio, instead the work should be presented through good quality photographs showing a clear and accurate indication of the work’s quality.

All work in the portfolio should be marked with the candidate’s name and school and should comply with JCQ Guidelines for the sharing of current GCSE work.

Portfolios should be emailed to Mr Hughes via common.room@abingdon.org.uk.

Candidates will be shortlisted to attend a half day of assessment and interview in November. They will spend their time working in the School’s D&T workshops and will be expected to talk about their work and D&T interests during the interview.

The Assessment

Following the submission of their portfolio, at the assessment candidates must be prepared to:

  • undertake a product analysis exercise. Candidates will be introduced to a range of iconic and interesting products; will be asked to analyse strengths and weaknesses for each and required to suggest improvements or developments. The submission will take the form of annotated hand sketches, where creativity, the ability to sketch in 3D and a flair for design will be assessed.
  • attend an interview with the Head of Design & Technology. Candidates will have an opportunity to discuss the practical work undertaken and expand on their portfolio material, developing interests and any designers whose work interests them.

For further information and an application form, please contact the Admissions Officer on 01235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk.