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Product Design A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

A level Design and Technology is taught through a mixture of theory and practical work. Some elements will involve a chance to experiment with equipment, software and materials and others will open up discussion-based activities. We have set up the course so that you will end up with a significant product by the end of each year of study. The course is designed to encourage you to be as creative as possible, so it is important that you possess a lot of self-motivation.

In the early stages of the course you will be taught skills, involving new designing software, which you will be encouraged to use later in your coursework. You will have access to a lot of materials and industrial links to facilitate the creation of your bright ideas.

Homework tasks will involve research and designing as well as extracting information to compile reports on materials and processes. Some of the teaching will come in the form of educational visits.

Course content

This course is aimed at launching you into the world of design. From this start point you can take up courses in Engineering, Product Design or move into a more Graphic Media. In order to become a truly effective designer it is important that you have a good understanding of both the materials and the processes that are available to you. It is also important that you have a concept of what other design is around you and the type of design styles that have gone before you.

In addition to a Design and Make assignment in Y12 you will sit a written exam in the summer term. This is focused primarily on materials and components. We will prepare you for this exam, although you will find you can draw on the skills and knowledge learnt when designing and making your coursework piece.

The final year provides the platform for you to really show what you can do through a final major project. This extended project will give you the opportunity to meet a need or solve a problem in a creative way. The use of outside companies to help in part of the assembly and design of the final product is strongly encouraged. There is only one exam in the final year and this looks to draw on your experience throughout the whole course. It will focus mainly on Design and Manufacture and you will prepare for this by looking at specific products as case studies.

Entry requirements

B Grade in either Product Design, Systems and Control, Resistant Materials or Graphic Products, or a relevant equivalent qualification is required in addition to normal entry requirements.

Assessment

Coursework and Exam in each year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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

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