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Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Design and Technology offers candidates an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and achieve positive experiences whilst working with a variety of materials. The practical problem solving processes in this specification will encourage students to apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices. The specification of the examination is a natural progression from the GCSE syllabus.

Course content

Design for sustainability, for human use, to maximise the aesthetic value of products using wide ranging manufacturing techniques are all issues of the contemporary design process.

Design and Technology (Product Design) is a subject which attempts to embrace the above issues by encouraging the pupils to critically observe the world around them. Design awareness and analysis, both functionally and aesthetically, are skills that will be encouraged within all pupils undertaking this course. The results of various studies aim to generate original and possibly innovative ideas. The nature of the course will allow students to move forward independently and with confidence.

Entry requirements

It is an important for students to have gained a grade B or higher for GCSE Design & Technology. Having said this, it is possible for suitable candidates to be allowed to complete the AS/A2 course having not taken any of the GCSE options.

Assessment

The AS/A2 courses are modular, with two units taken in each academic year.

AS EXAMINATION UNIT 1

Written Paper (2hrs) 50% of the total AS marks (25% of A2 marks)

A combination of compulsory and optional questions are used to test knowledge of materials, processes and components.

UNIT 2

Coursework (50hrs) 50% of the total AS marks (25% of A2 marks)

Either project work and/or a portfolio of coursework which will contain evidence of a ‘design and make’ product.

A2 EXAMINATION UNIT 3

Written Paper (2 hours) 25% of the total A Level marks

An examination of two sections that tests knowledge in design and manufacture. One question from three in each section and one other will be taken. Synoptic assessment is included.

UNIT 4

Coursework (60 hours) 25% of the total A Level marks

A single, integrated coursework project using any material or combination of materials. Students are required to demonstrate a commercial design methodology throughout their coursework.

Future opportunities

Students with Product Design A Level have gone on to read for degrees in Product Design, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Automotive Design, 3D Design, Interior Design, Town and Country Planning, and Cartography.

The skills in practical competence and ‘real-time’ problem solving should give students increased confidence and self-belief when facing difficult situations in their future lives. The analysis of aesthetic and functional issues studied throughout the course will encourage students to extend these opinions through university, into later life and enable students to critically observe the world they live in.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 July 2015

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