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A2 Product Design at South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy

Course description

The specification has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Course content

Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application

Section A: materials and components: natural woods, man-made boards, laminates and veneers, ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals, alloys, polymers, biodegradable polymers, elastomers, composites, compliant materials, smart materials, modern materials, product components, adhesives.

Section B: design and market Influences:- environmental/sustainability issues, ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design, consumer safety.

Section C: processes and manufacture:- fabrication methods, forming methods, redistribution methods, wasting processes, CAM processing, finishing materials and processes, health and safety, quality control.

Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing and Making

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the subject content is applied to the design and making of the candidates’ own projects.

Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture
  • Section A: materials and components
  • Section B: design and market influences
  • Section C: processes and manufacture.
Unit 4 - Design and Making Practice

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the subject content is applied to the design and making of the candidates’ own projects.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade B in maths and any one of the following subjects: science, product design, resistant materials or graphics in addition to the general entry requirements.

Assessment

Exam and coursework

Future opportunities

Higher education or employment.

Further information

For further information please contact Mr D. Brittle at dbrittle@swbacademy.org.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2016
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