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Design & Technology 3D Product Design A Level - Block A at Gravesend Grammar School

Course description

?  We are a leading nation in high end design, next year there will be nearly 1300 design courses and nearly 2500 engineering courses offered at university in the UK. Product design gives students the specific skills they require to go on to study these subjects and the anyltical skills they require in a wide range of subjects and in everyday life. It requires the students to use their knowledge to analyse products and then develop innovative solutions. They learn to think and act creatively to improve the quality of life for others. The subject calls for students to become independent and creative problem solvers. They must look for needs, wants and opportunities and respond to them by developing a range of ideas and making products and systems. Students combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetics, social and environmental issues, function and industrial practices. In this process they study and evaluate past and present design and technology, its uses and effects. Design and Technology aims to develop analytical and creative thinkers ready for the every changing world, who are capable of making educated and critical decisions relating to their environment. However the most unique aspect of Design & Technology is the application of skills and knowledge in practical tasks which is vital to gain the understanding necessary to move into an engineering or design based career.

Course content

PAPER 1: Written exam: 2 hours (100 marks) 25% of A-level

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.
Questions are a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.  

PAPER 2: Written exam: 2 hours

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.
25% of A-level Questions
Questions are a 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. A mixture of short and extended response questions

NEA (Non-exam assessed): 45 hours (100 marks) 50% of A-level

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. Substantial design and make task.

Evidence is provided in the form of a written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of the final prototype.

Entry requirements

A GCSE grade ‘B’ or above in a DT subject is recommended to pursue DT Product Design at A Level, allied with a proven ability and real passion and interest in the subject, especially the practical aspect.  


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Future opportunities

Due to the nature of the subject, Product Design remains a fresh, innovative discipline that allows students to expand and develop their abilities in a varied range of skills. All students can become discriminating and informed users of products, and become innovators. The potential for learning and developing attitudes and skills for life is immense and many of these skills are required for Higher Education and employment. Young people are invited to make a difference to the world; especially in the fields of environmentally friendly living and combating climate change this is the promise of Design and Technology. Careers and degrees include those in the design discipline, architecture, engineering (combined with maths/physics) marketing, branding project management and business. 

Further information

As part of the course for students visit venues such as the New Designers exhibition in London. Students find these to be valuable and enjoyable experiences that enhance their understanding and further their creativity. Students are also encouraged to use the facilities to work on their own interests which may fall outside the NEA but develop their knowledge and understanding. 



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Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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