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Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

The first year will focus on designing products and realising some of these products through modelling and/or use of different resistant materials. Students will develop skills in drawing, CAD/CAM, modelling, manufacture and manipulation of materials, analytical research, specification development, testing and evaluation skills, showing innovation and enterprise, while considering their role as responsible designers and citizens as they prepare for the NEA (non-examined assessment). Students will develop their own design brief for the NEA alongside a client/ end user.

There will also be dedicated theory sessions each week where students will study the principles of design and technology including design theory, technological developments, manufacturing industries, legislation and material analysis. In this unit, students will develop their intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and study their impact on daily life in the wider world

Course content

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology. 50%
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions focusing on materials knowledge and processes including industrial manufacture. It will also include topics such as digital technologies, risk assessment and legislation. The paper will include questions that target mathematics at GCSE higher-tier level. It is expected students will have calculators and rulers in the examination.

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project. 50%
Non-examined assessment
Students in consultation with a client identify a problem and design context. Students will realise one potential solution through practical making activities with evidence of project management and plan for production. Students will produce a substantial e-portfolio, approximately the electronic equivalent of 40 pages of A3 paper, and a practical piece. There are four parts to the assessment.

Part 1: Identifying Opportunities for Design
Identification of a design problem, investigation of needs and research and specification

Part 2: Designing a Prototype. Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas

Part 3: Making a Prototype. Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy

Part 4: Evaluating own Design and Prototype. Testing and evaluation

Entry requirements

C in D&T Subject Area.

Students should have an excellent imagination, good problem solving and analytical skills together with creative flair. They should be able to represent ideas graphically and be able to work successfully with a wide range of resistant materials. It is essential that students have determination, motivation and the ability to explore and research independently outside the classroom. Firm mathematical and scientific knowledge and skills are required.

Future opportunities

Students can study this subject at degree and post-graduate levels at university. They will acquire skills that lead to careers in Product Design, Architecture, Engineering and Manufacturing. Product Design can also enhance careers in Science, Mathematics, Business Studies, Information Technology and the Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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