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Product Design A level at The Bourne Academy

Course description

The course will focus on Graphic Product seeking to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. The subject encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day to day lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their design technological capability.

Throughout the course you will be engaged in a variety of tasks and activities, which have been devised to improve your skills and meet the necessary requirements for your qualification. You will find that rather than just testing your knowledge of a subject area, you are also being assessed on your competence in vocational areas. In order to be assessed you must provide evidence of your competence at all times. All evidence collected must be filed in a portfolio, which will be the basis of your internal assessment. These competences can be achieved through a number of sources of evidence as specified and which may include:

  • Small group/team work
  • Video productions
  • Case studies/simulations
  • Presentations
  • Visits/conferences/guest speakers
  • Mini research assignments/projects
  • Main project/practical work

Course content

AS units:

  • Portfolio of Creative Skills
  • Design and Technology in Practice

A2 units:

  • Designing for the Future
  • Commercial Design

Entry requirements

You will need to have 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE. You will have strong creativity, design flair, a good understanding for the design process along with a positive and enthusiastic attitude to learning. You will need a genuine interest and excitement for the subject and a willingness to commit significant independent time and effort into producing your portfolio or work.

Future opportunities

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop innovation, creativity and design and technology capability. It will develop your ability to recognise constraints of product design and enable you to produce high quality products. You will develop a critical understanding of the processes and products of design, use ICT to enhance design and technological capability, build an understanding of Health and Safety and evaluate technical, aesthetic, economic, environmental, social and cultural issues of product design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bourne Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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