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Product Design AS/A2 at Desborough College

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AS

Section A:

At AS level candidates should develop an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components. They should understand why these are used in specific applications with particular emphasis on the life-cycle of products including manufacture, use and disposal. Candidates should have a good understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. Through study and first-hand experience in practical project work, candidates will also develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials.

Coursework projects may also provide an opportunity for students to learn about the use of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM), and the use of basic quality control measures. In addition to this, through study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products, candidates should begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.

Section B: Design and Market Influences

Through study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products, candidates should begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.

Section C: Processes and Manufacture

Candidates should have a good understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. Through study and first-hand experience in practical project work, candidates will also develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials. Coursework projects may also provide an opportunity for students to learn about the use of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM), and the use of basic quality control measures.

A2

As above but for detailed focus on all elements.

Design and Market Influences e.g. the evolution, selection and application of materials for the manufacture of modern products. How the use and conservation of both energy and raw materials affect the selection and application of materials for the production and function of products today.

Processes and Manufacture e.g. the application of materials and components to suit specific production processes, from one-off to mass-production.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C and at least a B grade in Resistant Materials or Graphics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Desborough College directly.

Last updated date: 26 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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