A2 Level Design & Technology at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy
Product Design aims to prepare young people for living and working in a technological world. We believe it is one of the most exciting courses offered at AS and A2 Level. It helps young people to recognise the needs for new or improved products. It gives students the capability and confidence to produce creative designs for products and make prototypes using the same procedures and principles as used in the Manufacturing Industry. Skills and attributes that students need to be successful: Students need to be well motivated with enquiring minds which recognise potential for the design and manufacture of new or improved products. They must be able to communicate and develop design ideas in graphic form and through modelling in a range of materials. They need to be organised in their approach in order to achieve portfolios which are a true reflection of their achievements. Skills developed at GCSE in Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphics, Fashion Design or BTEC Engineering will be put to full use and developed over the period of study. In A-2 the major project is based on the J.C.B. Company, which allows students to make links with industry. Students design ‘futuristic lifestyle products’ such as a futuristic office chair, a futuristic watch or a futuristic robot lawnmower. How the course is assessed: AS 50% of the specification content Unit 1: Portfolio This is the ‘design and make’ activity work. Here students carry out a product investigation. They next carry out graphic product design activities. The final section of the portfolio includes manufacture of a product. Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice This is the theory part of AS study. The unit covers knowledge and understanding of materials and modern industrial processes. Students complete a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended writing type questions. A2 50% of the specification content Unit 3: Designing for the Future This is the theory part of A2 study. The unit covers knowledge and understanding of modern manufacturing with a focus upon the use of computers and smart and modern materials. Students complete a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended writing type questions. Unit 4: Commercial Design This unit is the ‘design and make’ activity. Students identify a client/user group from which they must design and make a graphics with materials technology product that meets the original need. What students do after successful completion: Successful completion of the course will provide students with a significant academic achievement on which to progress to courses in Further and Higher education. Students may wish to progress either to Degree courses in Product Design, Manufacturing, Engineering or Graphic Design. Alternatively, students will be well prepared to take up a modern apprenticeship in the Engineering or Manufacturing sectors.
Students should fulfil the general entry requirements to study A levels at the Academy. The specification is concerned with design activity focussed upon an understanding of the manufacture of products. It is intended as a two year course for students seeking to develop further their experience of technology courses which have included a design element. Students will need to have shown a commitment to the concept of the Design Process and be well motivated. Students will need an analytical mind and the ability to research independently, to organise their findings and to present those findings using a wide range of communication techniques and in particular the use of I.C.T through graphic programs such as Corel Draw. Students are expected to equip themselves with basic drawing instruments such as pencils, crayons, set squares, rulers, compasses and erasers. More expensive items of graphic equipment such as felt markers and air brushes are made available for student use through the Academy. Hand-outs, specialist texts and other support materials are provided by the Academy as required, free of charge.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy directly.