A Level Product Design at Ricards Lodge High School
This course is ideal for students wishing to combine theory and practical activities within a design setting. Candidates will have the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. Student will be required to:
- initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes;
- develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials;
- develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials;
- develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.
This dynamic course will look in depth at the role of the designer, the use of modern materials and digital media and utilising CAD/CAM technologies to design and manufacture new and existing products.
GCSE DT or Product Design grade B or higher.
The AS/A Level will be accessed via 2/4 units respectively. There will be one piece of controlled assessment in each year and one public examination.
Year 1 Unit 1: Advanced Innovation Challenge. Candidates take part in a timed design challenge based on a pre-released theme, under examination conditions. The challenge consists of a design, and modelling exercise recorded in a workbook. A written reflection paper is completed at a later date. The challenge and reflection paper are held in the centre and are marked externally by OCR
Unit 2: The Product Study. Candidates should carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. This is a coursework component that is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.
Unit 3: Design, Make and Evaluate, candidates are required to produce a portfolio and product. The project is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.
Unit 4: Product Design is a written paper that consists of two components. Candidates are able to select questions across the focus material areas if they wish.
This course is the perfect stepping stone towards any design-based career, and is particularly appropriate for creative students interested in digital media, fashion, advertising and product design as it develops the essential skills needed to meet the demands of these constantly evolving industries.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ricards Lodge High School directly.