Design and Technology - Product Design A level at Tupton Hall School
The course aims to give you an insight into the important role that product designers play in our everyday lives. You will be encouraged 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.
Work for the course broadly divides into two types:
"Theory Work" - The theory work, in part, prepares you for the final (A2) written exam, but more importantly provides support and information for designing and making opportunities. This work would normally consist of:
- Design along with design theory
- Understanding relevant technologies i.e. materials, manufacturing processes, computer applications, graphics, etc., (focusing on what can be achieved with the school facilities but also gaining an understanding of industrial practices).
“Project Work" - Project work is a very important part of the course forming two of the assessed units in the two year course.
You should have a good understanding of the processes followed when designing and making and have gained at least five grade Cs and above at GCSE including a B grade or above in a D&T subject preferably Product Design or Resistant Materials.
The subject has some obvious links with Art but it is often taken with Maths and Science because of the technological links. However, these are not the only subject combinations. The AS and A2 product design course will help students obtain places at the vast majority of higher education institutions. It will help if you wish to follow careers in interior design, industrial design, fashion, advertising, town and country planning, architecture, product design itself and many others. The majority of former students have gone on to follow related ‘Foundation’ or ‘Degree’ courses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tupton Hall School directly.