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Design and Technology: Product Design A Level at St Olave's Grammar School

Course description

Year 12: AS Units

Product 1: Materials, Components and Applications

This is a written exam on materials and components knowledge, looking at modern manufacture and the design of commercial products. Section one and Section three consist of a compulsory limited response question and extended response question respectively. Section two provides a choice of two questions, where you are expected to respond to one of them based on your own material expertise. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

Product 2: Learning through designing and making

This is an electronic portfolio coursework unit and consists of one large design and make assignment. It consists of a folder of 20 pages size A3, and a functional quality product designed for a specified user. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

A Level

Product 3: Design and Manufacture

This is a written exam on materials and components, design and market influences and processes and manufacture. Students are required to answer three questions from two given sections. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

Product 4: Design and Making Practice

Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolio that demonstrates designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation. The outcome an A3 electronic portfolio of work and a constructed product for a real client. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

 

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study this subject need to have attained at least a grade A in this subject at GCSE. Students confirm whether they will be sitting the AS examinations or continuing to the full A-Level in the first half of Year 12.

Assessment

AS Level

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Applications

  • Weighting 50% of AS Level

Unit 2: Learning through designing and making

  • Weighting 50% of AS Level

A Level

Unit 3: Design and Manufacture

  • Weighting 25% of  A Level

Unit 5: Design and Making Practice

  • Weighting 25% of AS Level

Future opportunities

  • Structural Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Special Film Effects Engineer
  • Robotics
  • Aeronautical Design
  • Formula One Engineering
  • Concept Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Research and Development
  • Marketing Executive
  • Website Designer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Olave's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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