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Design Technology – Product Design (3D Design) A Level at Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Design covers a huge range of disciplines from engineering and product design to fashion and architecture. 

Britain is home to some of the world’s most talented designers and this is recognised by companies such as Ford which has its design headquarters in London. You will enjoy this course if you are a creative problem solver and can present your ideas with 3D models, pencil sketches or CAD drawings. 

The future of the British economy will depend greatly on the excellence of its designers and engineers making products that people want to buy. 

Jonathan Ive is the leading designer behind Apple’s Ipod and Ipad; he studied industrial design at Northumbria University in Newcastle.

Course content

You will design and make a product for your coursework assignment.

In year 12 you will design and make a light influenced by ‘Biomimicry’, taking inspiration from nature to influence the design of the final solution.

In year 13 we visit Hearts of the Forest Special School to research a design need for an inclusive product to support the learning and development of students with specific needs.

You will learn the best materials and production methods for a range of popular products and in the exam you will use that information in product analysis style questions.

You will also study famous designers and their products (e.g. James Dyson), the environmental consequences of mass production and how to design for the elderly and disabled.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of a C grade at GCSE in a DT Resistant Materials, Product Design or Art and Design course.

Vocational Engineering courses are also accepted at C grade or equivalent.

Assessment

Year 12

  • Unit 1:  2 hour written paper on materials and components with product analysis questions 50% of AS
  • Unit 2: Design and Make coursework 50% of AS

Yr 13

  • Unit 3 2 hour written paper on design and manufacture. 50% of A Level
  • Unit 4 Design and Make coursework 50% of A Level.

Future opportunities

Students with this A level have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at university, or to take up apprenticeships in engineering.

At university former Wyedean students are currently studying, for example: Product Design, Shoe Design, Transport Design or Computer Aided Design.

Others have graduated and gone on to become engineers, surveyors or architects.

There are many good local engineering companies in Wales and the South West and the Forest of Dean. Within the Gloucestershire and Bristol area there are leading manufacturers in aero space and bridge building.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 31 May 2016

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