WHY CHOOSE PRODUCT DESIGN?
This course takes a broad view of design and technology, to develop the students’ capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between designing materials, manufacture and marketing.
Awarding Body: AQA
Entry Requirements: In line with school entry requirements but ideally including
GCSE Product Design, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials or Art and Design
Aimed at: Those who are excited by new technologies and are considering a future career within industrial product design, mechanical or electricalengineering, CAD design, car industry, furniture industry or bespoke projectworkproviding the opportunity for students to continue to develop their own creativitythrough a range of technological activities. This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially thosein the creative industries.
Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.
Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.
Description of Course / Course Structure: The full A Level in Product Design is a 2 year course with a NEA [non exam element] and two examinationstaken at the end of the second year. Experienced staff deliver all lessons in well-resourced workshops andgraphics studio. We teach most of our theoretical information through practical application and as adepartment; we feel strongly that traditional techniques and modern commercial CAD/CAM processes areboth taught.
Non- exam element Exam Paper 1 Exam Paper 2 50% of A level
Written exam – 2.5hrs –30%
Written exam –1.5hrs - 20%
Additional Information: A level Design and Technology Product Design is designed either to be complementary to Maths and Physics.