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Product Design Technology A2 AQA at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Product Design is an exciting opportunity for candidates interested in a future career in design – whether it be Architecture, Product Design, Furniture Design, Engineering or Graphic and Multimedia design, or are interested in becoming the next Trevor Baylis. A portfolio of recent work when applying to Post-18 courses is recommended. What better way then, than enhancing your opportunities at interview and learning about materials and making usable products? The new re-drafted GCE specification has been designed to: •Develop students’ capability to design, produce and evaluate solutions by developing their understanding of the complex relationship between design, materials and manufacture •Provide opportunities for students to learn through practical activities while producing solutions to control and systems based problems In plain English, there is a piece of coursework plus an examination for both AS and also for A2. The coursework and written examination are each worth 50% of the A/S level or 25% of the full A2 level. A2 Units: The units of work for the A2 level are each worth 25% of the total marks and consist of another piece of coursework and another examination. Unit 3 Design and Manufacture Written paper (2 hours 25% of the total A Level marks) This paper is based primarily on Design and Manufacture. This written paper will include sufficient synoptic assessment to test the candidates’ understanding of the connections between the different elements of the subject and their holistic understanding of the subject. Unit 4 Design and Making Practice Coursework (Approximately 60 hours 25% of the total A Level marks) ?ICT based design folder – e-portfolio using Microsoft Powerpoint Manufactured outcome – a final model made by candidate to fulfil a design brief

Entry requirements

Relevant AS qualification

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Art and Design or Computing to prepare for higher education in areas of and design, technology, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to design and technology such as an Architect, Carpenter or Computer Technician. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year