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Design & Technology AS/A2 Level (OCR) Product Design at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

Design and Technology (Product Design) AS/A Level Syllabus OCR

Design and Technology (Product Design) H053/Advanced Subsidiary Syllabus. OCR Design and Technology (Product Design) H453 Advanced Level.

This AS/A level is intended for those wishing to pursue a career in any aspect of design or as a complement to academic, scientific, mathematical or other practical subjects. It is particularly useful for those wishing to enter careers in architecture, graphic design, textile design, engineering design, product design or 3D design. Our course at NHGS allows a number of possible 'routes' through the course, including Graphic Design, Product Design and Fashion and Textiles Product Design. This course is highly relevant for candidates' development of Key Skills, and a high level of ICT, problem solving and communication skills are taught. The description of the course which follows is broken down into the two units for AS level and the extra two units required for Advanced Level. During the Upper Sixth Form, a visit is made to London to look at work in various design establishments including the Design Museum. During the 15 years we have offered this course, no candidate has failed. AS Level Units Product Study (A-level 30%; AS level 60%) Students produce this coursework by analysing closely a commercial product. They are expected to identify opportunities to further develop the product by generating their own ideas. The ideas are then modelled in an appropriate material, tested and evaluated. The coursework is presented as a portfolio. Advanced Innovation Challenge (A-level 20%; AS Level 40%) Students research a theme set by the exam board. They then use their research to respond to a design challenge undertaken during 3 timed sessions. The challenge will involve designing, developing, modelling and evaluating ideas in a workshop or examination room. A Level Units In addition to the modules opposite, candidates studying for Advanced Level must do two more modules in the Upper Sixth Form. These are described below. The project may be taken from one of the following areas: • product design • graphic design • textile product design • fashion design Design, Make and Evaluate (30%) Students generate their own design brief and produce a coursework portfolio and a product which fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity flair and innovation. Examination (20%) The final examination is 2½ hours in duration and includes material-specific questions and a design question. See Mrs Ryan or Miss Swann for further information. Is Product Design for you? • Coursework is a major feature of this subject at A level therefore you must be able to cope with long-term demands and deadlines. • The ability to communicate visually is essential and a willingness to develop drawing skills for designing is required. • The assessment criteria will assess your ability to be innovative in designing so an open mind and a good imagination are useful qualities. • Exploring, evolving, solving, taking on challenges, hardworking, creative, active mind. Beyond A level What do Product Design students at NHGS go on to do? The vast majority of NHGS students go on to study a degree – about 50% of D&T students study a design related subject at university, the rest pick other subjects. e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Construction Management, Primary Education, Product Design, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Aeronautical Engineering, Art Foundation, Business with Marketing. How to hit the ground running............ To make a good start in this subject increasing awareness of the world of design is desirable. Start collecting images of products that you find inspirational. Research a range of historical and/or contemporary designers. Practise drawing in 3D.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years