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Design and Technology AS and A Level at Park House School

Course description

Product Design with a Resistant Materials Technology or Graphics Products bias. Students are able to develop creative, practical and entrepreneurial skills and then use these to apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities. The course will also develop critical thinking skills and improve their ability to analyse work and to work collaboratively as a team member to help improve their and others’ design and manufacturing outcomes. A Level Design and Technology perfectly compliments Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Art and Design at AS or A2 Level, or can be used as a contrasting subject with English, History, Geography or Modern Languages.

Course content

AS Course Summary
Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills
Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections that will demonstrate their creativity and flair when undertaking a Product Analysis task, Design task and a Product Manufacture task. This section will account for 60% of the total marks available for the AS course (30% of the full GCE mark).
Unit 2 Design & Technology in Practice
In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of Design and Technology. This is assessed by a one and a half hour exam set and marked by Edexcel and accounts for 40% of the total marks available for the AS course (20% of the full GCE mark). 
 
A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 Designing for the Future
In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues.This unit is assessed through a two hour exam set and marked by Edexcel and accounts for 40% of the total marks available for the A2 course (20% of the full GCE mark).
Unit 4 Commercial Design
In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice that complies with the requirements of either a resistant materials technology product or a graphic product, depending on the route they are studying. The design task must involve a client who will be directly involved in the design process. This section will account for 60% of the total marks available for the A2 course (30% of the full GCE mark).

Entry requirements

Students embarking on an AS or A2 Level in Product Design are expected to have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE Resistant Materials or Graphic Products, or B grades in other relevant subjects.

Financial information

Students are expected to buy specialist equipment and materials to assist them in their studies – a full list will be made available.
Students are expected to cover the main costs of their product manufacture work.

Future opportunities

  • Design l Furniture Design l Industrial Design l Interior Design l 3D Design l Materials Design l Graphic Design l Computer Aided Design
  • Computer Graphics l Product Design
  • Art and Design l Jewellery Design

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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