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Product Design A level at Beechwood School

Course description

The course emphasises two key factors – creativity and sustainability. Students explore ideas of originality and value, to question, challenge and envisage what could be, but equally to achieve the results that will progress their learning and future careers. This course allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes at AS which demonstrate their creativity and apply these to a design and make project at A2.

This course develops students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product Design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality 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 and technology capability.

Typically students use a combination of AS/A2 folder work and additional learning projects to create work and university portfolios for entry to degree courses. This qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment, such as any appropriate designrelated courses, Engineering or Architecture.

Course content

Year 12: AS Product Design (RM) Units

Unit 1: Portfolio of creative skills

60% coursework assessment. (Investigation 20%; Design 20% and Manufacturing 20%)

Unit 2: Design and Technology in practice

(40% theory exam 1.5 hours) covering materials, components, industrial and commercial practice, Quality, Health and Safety.

Year 13: A2 Product Design (RM)

Unit 3: Design & Technology for the future

(40% theory exam 2 hours) covering industrial and commercial practice, Biotechnology, Systems and control, design in context and sustainability.

Unit 4: A commercial design project

Chosen and manufactured by the students (60%) Submission of an applied portfolio of approximately 30 A3 pages.

Future opportunities

The course supports progression into further education, training or employment, such as any appropriate design-related courses, Engineering or Architecture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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