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Product Design A Level at Hugh Christie School

Course description

About the Course

Board: OCR (H406)

 

Product Design is a creative subject, which has been designed to encourage students to broaden their understanding of a range of materials, components and manufacturing techniques. They will have the opportunity to develop their design skills through a range of imaginative and innovative methods and produce a portfolio of evidence to support the development of a final prototype. In addition, students will learn to produce creative and innovative products that meet the needs of a range of clients and consumers. This course is suited to individuals with a creative flair for designing and those who enjoy developing ideas through sketching, modelling and CAD. It is also an excellent choice for those who enjoy practical subjects and want to develop their technical skills in the workshop through the development of models and prototypes. A range of graphics techniques and ICT, including CAD/CAM will be used to help generate, develop, model and communicate students design proposals.

 

 

Course content

Units of Study

Unit 1: Principles of…(01)

80 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

26.7% of total A Level

This paper is set out through four sets of questions that predominantly cover technical principles within each endorsed title. Learners will be required to:

· analyse existing products

· demonstrate applied mathematical skills

· demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques

· demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

 

Unit 2: Problem solving (02)

70 marks

1 hour 45 minutes’ design/written paper

23.3% of total A Level

This component has a series of longer answer questions that require learners to demonstrate their problem solving and critical evaluation skills. Learners will be required to:

· Apply their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products

· Demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.

 

Unit 3: Iterative Design Project (03,04)

100 marks

Approx. 65 hours

Non-exam assessment

The ‘Iterative Design Project’ requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry requirements

5 grade A* - C at GCSE. Students should have a grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and a 5 or above in GCSE Product Design/Resistant Materials.

Assessment

Units of Study

Unit 1: Principles of…(01)

80 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

26.7% of total A Level

Unit 2: Problem solving (02)

70 marks

1 hour 45 minutes’ design/written paper

23.3% of total A Level

Unit 3: Iterative Design Project (03,04)

100 marks

Approx. 65 hours

Non-exam assessment

The ‘Iterative Design Project’ requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in the design industry.

Possible careers include: Product Designer, Architect, Interior Designer or Graphic Designer.

Further information

We are very fortunate to have access to a wide range of facilities that include: saws, morticer, pillar drill, wood planer and ticknesser, wood and metal lathes, sanders vacuum formers, strip heater, plastic dip coating, sheet metal fabrication equipment MIG and oxyacetylene welding, polishing wheels, CAD/CAM equipment - miller, router, laser cutters, lathe and vinyl cutter.  We have full graphic facilities available, with a suite of networked PC's providing internet and e-mail access.  Software for image editing, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and CAD is readily available.  Colour printing up to A3 is available.

To find out more about this qualification contact us or your school/college careers staff. Full course details can be found on our website www.hughchristie.kent.sch.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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