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Design & Technology - Product Design 3-D AS A2 at Guilsborough School

Course description

Overview

Product Design can be taken as a one year (AS) or two year (A2) course. It is a challenging course that builds upon the designing and making skills developed in GCSE Resistant Materials and Graphics. The course has a modular approach. Students will learn a wide range of skills from jewellery to engineering. A high standard of graphical communication skills is required and the ability to use Computer Aided Design Software Packages. Aims Design and Technology offers candidates an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience from working with a variety of materials. The practical problem solving processes in the specification will encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation. Candidates at both AS and A level are encouraged to: a. Develop and sustain their own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability, to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products. b. Develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice. c. Apply essential knowledge of understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices. d. Use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their design and technological capability. e. Recognise the social, moral, spiritual and cultural values inherent in design and technological activity, and develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts. f. Develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices. g. Develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively. AS Examination (this course have three elements) Unit 1 - Written Paper (1 hours) 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total A level marks All questions are compulsory and are based primarily on Materials and Components. Unit 2 - Coursework (approx 50 hours) 40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total A level marks Either project work and/or a portfolio of coursework, which will contain aspects of industrial and commercial practice. Unit 3 - Written Themed Paper (2 hours) 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total A level marks This paper will assess primarily Design and Market Influences. A2 Examination Unit 4 - (Approx 25 hours) 15% of the total A level marks The Product Study will test the ability to analyse, synthesise and draw conclusions from an in-depth study of the designing and making of a product. Unit 5 - (Approximately 50 hours) 15% of the total A level marks A single, integrated coursework project using any material or combination of materials. Unit 6 - (3 hours) 20% of the total A level marks The paper contains two questions set on a further study of each of the three sections of the Subject Content.

Course content

Design and Technology offers candidates an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience from working with a variety of materials. The practical problem solving processes in the specification will encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation.

Candidates at both AS and A level are encouraged to:

a. Develop and sustain their own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability, to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products.
b. Develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice.
c. Apply essential knowledge of understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices.
d. Use information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance their design and technological capability.
e. Recognise the social, moral, spiritual and cultural values inherent in design and technological activity, and develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts.
f. Develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices.
g. Develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively.

Entry requirements

All students studying GCSE DT are welcome, but there will be a gap in practical knowledge that will require determination and hard work to close.

Assessment

AS Examination (this course has three elements)

Unit 1 - Written Paper (1 hours) 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total A level marks

All questions are compulsory and are based primarily on Materials and Components.

Unit 2 - Coursework (approx 50 hours) 40% of the total AS marks, 20% of the total A level marks

Either project work and/or a portfolio of coursework, which will contain aspects of industrial and commercial practice.


Unit 3 - Written Themed Paper (2 hours) 30% of the total AS marks, 15% of the total A level marks

This paper will assess primarily Design and Market Influences.


A2 Examination

Unit 4 - (Approx 25 hours) 15% of the total A level marks

The Product Study will test the ability to analyse, synthesise and draw conclusions from an in-depth study of the designing and making of a product.

Unit 5 - (Approximately 50 hours) 15% of the total A level marks

A single, integrated coursework project using any material or combination of materials.

Unit 6 - (3 hours) 20% of the total A level marks

The paper contains two questions set on a further study of each of the three sections of the Subject Content.


Further information

For further information please contact Mr Brown. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years

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