Product Design

 

Product Design A Level

What will I study?

This course provides an opportunity for you to develop your own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills; to apply knowledge and understanding to a wide range of technological activities and to develop your critical thinking and collaborative skills.

You should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products or systems, and in the processes and products of design and technological activity. The subject develops your design and making skills as well as your theoretical knowledge.

In year 1 you will learn about materials and processes, completing small projects to develop making skills which will lead on to a large design and make project, spanning across the end of year 1 and all of year 2 containing 50% of the overall A-level marks. This project will test students’ skills in designing, making and evaluating their prototype. Students can choose from a wide range of graphical project ideas including architectural projects for example. At the end of the second year there will be an exam comprising of 50% of the marks, Maths will make up 15% of the exam and will be taught across both years. Some science aspects will be included in the final project portfolio.

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How will I be assessed?

Assessment involves regular coursework and theoretical assessment and formal mock examinations.

Where will A Level Design & Technology - Graphic Products lead me?

This course leads to a wide range of careers including Architecture, Product Design, Media or Engineering.

Progression

On successful completion of these courses, and depending on other A-level subjects taken, students can develop their studies through a range of Higher Education courses. These include: Industrial Design, Product Design, Arts Foundation, 2D and 3D degree courses, architecture, interior design and CAD/CAM based manufacturing courses. Previous students have progressed to Industrial Design and Product Design degrees at the University of the Arts, Loughborough University and Bristol UWE.

Resources

Design and Technology has a purpose built suite of rooms complete with a design studio and workshop including a range of industry standard CNC machines. New to the department is a suite of 3D printers, lasercutters, vaccum formers and wood working suite. This allows students to rapid prototype CAD designs.