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A Level Product Design at Matthew Arnold School

Course description

AS level students will develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. They will also consider issues facing designers such as environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety.

A2 level students further develop their knowledge and practical skills from AS level and will submit a substantial designing and producing practical activity based on solving a problem of their choice.

Course content

The AS course consists of two units. Each of these units is worth 50%. Unit 1 - is an examination based on materials, components and application. It tests knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, health and safety, computer aided design and manufacture, ergonomics and anthropometrics, life cycles of products including manufacture, use and functional aspects and final disposal. Unit 2 - is based on coursework. This is made up of a range of projects designed and made during the year to create a final assessed portfolio of work. The AS course equates to 50% of the overall qualification.

The A2 course consists of a further two units. Each of these units is worth 25%. Unit 3 - is an examination based on design and manufacture. It tests knowledge and understanding of materials and processes in relation to product design, the need for alternative design and redesigning of existing products, use of natural resources, material utilisation, conservation, pollution and recycling, moral economic and environmental issues of the designer. Unit 4 - is based on coursework. It involves a major design and make activity that requires the student to solve a problem of their own choice. They will also develop key skills such as communication, application of number and information technology.

Entry requirements

Students may be currently successful in GCSE product design although it is possible to study from a different technical background.

Future opportunities

It is an integral area of study if you wish to pursue a career in engineering, architecture or product design. The qualification will allow you to study these areas of interest at degree level or supplement an apprenticeship in one of the many leading companies in the local area such as BMW.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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