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Product Design A-Level at Kenton School

Course description

A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Course content

The course is structured in two halves, AS and A2, each comprising two units of work, one coursework and one examination unit.

AS:

Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application (Examination) - Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections.

Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing and Making (Coursework) - Written (or electronic) design portfolio & Manufactured outcome(s) Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work.

A2:

Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture (Examination) - Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections.

Unit 4 - Design and Making Practice (Coursework) - Written (or electronic) design folder & Manufactured outcome. Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are 5 A*-C GCSE passes,one of which must be in either Resistant Materials or Electronics at C or above.

Assessment

Syllabus/Exam Board/Level

Design and Technology: Product Design (3D) /AQA / AS /A2

Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level - 2 hour written paper.

Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing and Making: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level Coursework - approx 50 hours.

Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture: 25% of A Level 2 hour written paper.

Unit 4 - Design and Making Practice: 25% of A Level Coursework - approx 60 hours.

Future opportunities

Students may go on to related higher education courses such as Product Design & Technology, 3D Design, Design for Industry and Furniture Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kenton School directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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