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Design & Technology: Product Design A Level at The Blue School

Course description

This long established and highly successful course offers students an opportunity to pursue a creative course in resistant materials. Students are expected to work in a wide range of materials on a number of two and threedimensional projects using skills and techniques ranging from traditional hand skills to the most modern. Core experiences include 3D product design and manufacture covering areas such as lighting, furniture and jewellery.

Course content

The state of the art Design & Technology Centre provides an extensive range of new equipment and an excellent selection of traditional equipment. These facilities allow students an opportunity to use some of the most current technological equipment. Students experience both Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) as a part of the course. The use of industry standard software such as Photoshop, Solid Works and CorelDraw for CAD linked to state of the art CAM cutting equipment, including laser cutting, enables students to move from designing on screen to making with a computer controlled machine in one seamless operation. 

How will you learn:

This course offers a unique opportunity for students to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. The course aims to encourage students to:

  • develop and sustain their own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products;
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences and of the processes and products of design and technological activity from an historical perspective and in current practice;
  • apply knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices;
  • use information and communications technology to enhance their design and technological capability.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*-C including grades for English and mathematics as below:

  •           English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •           Mathematics – New grade 4 or above

Assessment

  • Component 1: Written Paper 3 hours, 50% of the examination
  • Component 2: Coursework 80 hours, 50% of the examination 

Future opportunities

Students in recent years have progressed direct on to university degree courses in Computer Aided Design, Fashion, Furniture Design, Jewellery, Textiles, Engineering, Automotive Design, Product Design and Civil Engineering. Other students have moved onto Art and Design Foundation courses. 

Further information

 It is not possible for students to take D&T Product Design and D&T Graphic Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Blue School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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