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Design and Technology: Product Design: 3D Design AS/A Level at Chipping Norton School

Course description

Students study Design and Technology in a recently refurbished design studio and workshops. The facilities are excellent and the work produced by the pupils at all levels is of a very high standard. 

This course has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

 

Course content

AS - Level

Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application, (written examination paper) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

All candidates are required to use their knowledge and understanding of the course in this paper. This knowledge is developed during the first year by analysing a wide range of products, watching and discussing DVD's and internet sites, as well as using the AQA text book and AQA D&T Web site. There will also be some focussed practical tasks in paper/card, wood, metal and plastic.

Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing & Making. Coursework, (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

This is a design and make unit where knowledge of the subject content is applied to a design and make project of the students choice. It can either have a Graphics or Resistant Materials focus. Students start with a brief, gather and analyse research, produce a range of designs and finally model and test their ideas. Examples of projects completed in the past include marketing and packaging, board games, desk lamps, a fire guard and a camera tripod.

A2 Level

Unit 3 - Design & Manufacture, (written examination paper). 2hr written paper - 25% of A2 level.

This tests the students' knowledge and understanding of materials and components, design and market influences and processes and manufacture. This will be taught using the same methods as in year 12 but will also include visits to local industries.

Units 4 - Design and Making Practice. Coursework (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 25% of A2 level.

Students design and make a product of their choice. Again it can be either Graphics or Resistant Materials focused. They are encouraged to gain 'expert' advice.

 

Assessment

AS Level

Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application, (written examination paper) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing & Making. Coursework, (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 50% at AS level - 25% at A2 level.

A Level

Unit 3 - Design & Manufacture, (written examination paper). 2hr written paper - 25% of A2 level.

Units 4 - Design and Making Practice. Coursework (internally assessed, externally moderated) - 25% of A2 level.

 

 

Further information

After gaining an A level in this subject, previous students have gone on to University to study subjects that include; Product Design, Architecture, Marketing, Media Studies, Musical Instrument Design and Engineering, often gaining places at the top universities for their particular chosen subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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