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Design and Technology: Product Design (Graphic Products) A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

Edexcel’s A Level in design & technology: product design (graphic products) specification seeks to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing graphic products. Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability.

All modern designers have to consider sustainable issues when designing new products. A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment. New products provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products. These considerations form an important thread that runs through the whole course in all units.

Course content

In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design. It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.

  • 2-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

Unit 4
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. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution.

  • This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel.
  • Units 2, 3 and 4 are completed by the end of year 13.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study graphics should preferably have a grade A or A* in GCSE graphics to be confident of success but certainly no less than grade B. Students with grade A in a related subject would be considered.

Future opportunities

Students of A2 product design (graphics) may consider university and higher education courses in architecture, interior design, materials science, engineering, business & management and product design. The skills acquired through product design (graphics) can also be useful in a wide variety of roles in the manufacturing business world from product placement to packaging and the supply chain. It can also be a springboard for inventors and design entrepreneurs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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