Product Design

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. 

Course Overview
Year 1

What's assessed

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

How it's assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Year 2

Paper 2 - What's assessed:

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

How it's assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Section A:  Product Analysis, up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture, mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA).  What's assessed:  Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

How it's assessed: Substantial design and make task, 45 hours, 100 marks, 50% of A-level

Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Progression

Degree courses offer a variety of pathways into FE. Apprenticeships can vary from international opportunities with BAE for example, to local designers and manufacturers. Internships in many aspects of technology are also commonplace.

Careers

Textile technology; cybernetics; consumer science; product design; electronics; medical technology; dental technology; building crafts; architecture; vehicle design; furniture making; structural engineering; printing; vehicle maintenance; sign making; structural engineering.

This course, for me was a natural extension to what I undertook at GCSE, it gave me the freedom to work more independently on projects that I personally identified.

Sam Pine

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

a C grade or better at GCSE Product Design or Resistant Materials

Assessment:

50% Exam Based for Paper 1 and Paper 2
50% course work 

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Work experience in various areas of the Design and Technology field, various visits to outside relative agencies.

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