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Product Design AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

view The AS / A level Product Design course gives you an

exciting opportunity to be creative and the freedom

to manufacture in our extensive workshops. The

course consists of four units and you will cover two

units each year. The Design Department is a superb

purpose built environment where you will have the

opportunity to use an enviable range of general and

specialist tools and equipment, including state of

the art CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping and a metals

fabrication and heat treatment area. We also have

four studios, each equipped with sixteen PCs for

design, computer modelling and graphical presentation work.

Course content

Units 1 and 2 are studied at AS level and Units 3

and 4 at A2.

 

Unit 1: Materials & Components;

Designing & Innovation; Product Analysis;

Industrial & Commercial Practice:

• 2 hour written exam worth 40% of AS,

20% of A level.

Subject content covers: Principles of designing;

Research techniques; Properties of materials

and components; Manufacturing products

(environmental sustainability); Health and Safety

issues, ergonomics and anthropometrics; CAD/

CAM (rapid prototyping).

Unit 2: Coursework.

Approximately 60 hours of work worth 60% of

AS, 30% of A level.

• This is a design and make project, which will

include a portfolio of research, design and

development work and 3D made outcomes.

The project will include: ICT skills; freehand

design drawings and a knowledgeable approach

to research and analysis of products. An

imaginative approach to designing is expected.

Unit 3: Production Systems & Control.

• A 21/2 hour written exam worth 20% of A level.

Subject content: Human responsibility, (Health &

Safety, market legislation and sustainable issues);

Processes: hand & machine method (CAD/CAM);

Public interaction: market research & product life

cycle; Production systems & control: the use of

ICT by industry.

Unit 4: Coursework.

• Approximately 60 hours of work worth 30% of

A level:

• Candidates choose a project to undertake and

submit a single substantial design and make

activity – the end result being a

portfolio and a 3D product.

 

Key skills throughout include: research, analysis,

problem solving, ICT, imaginative ideas, good

presentation, modelling and making suitable

outcomes, communicating, and evaluation.

 

Entry requirements

For acceptance onto the course, you should normally

have achieved at least four C grades at GCSE. Some

experience in a design based GCSE subject is highly

desirable, plus evidence of a strong design folio.

 

Grade B and above in GCSE Product Design is

desirable. Art/Textiles portfolios will be considered.

Assessment

Unit 1: Materials & Components;

Designing & Innovation; Product Analysis;

Industrial & Commercial Practice:

• 2 hour written exam worth 40% of AS, 20% of A level.

Unit 2: Coursework.

Approximately 60 hours of work worth 60% of AS, 30% of A level.

Unit 3: Production Systems & Control.

• A 21/2 hour written exam worth 20% of A level.

Unit 4: Coursework.

• Approximately 60 hours of work worth 30% of A level:

 

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
 be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

This A level is good preparation for a wide variety of

university courses, including: Product Design, Graphic

Design, Textiles, Engineering and Architecture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

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

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    • By Rail 

      Rail users may travel to Castle Cary (12 miles), Bath (30 miles), Bristol (29 miles) or Yeovil Junction (19 miles).

      By Road

      From the M5 leave the motorway at junction 23 and join the A39 eastwards. From the M3 leave the motorway at junction 8 and join the A303 westwards and then the B3151 for Millfield

       
      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.