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Product Design at Highcliffe School

Course description

Product Design specification seeks to develop students' knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. The course demands that students demonstrate a high ability in key designing and making skills. This is done through 3 discrete sections taught in year 12: Investigation, Designing and Making.

Course content

AS Level: Portfolio of Creative Skills. Design portfolio task split into three sections; Investigation, Designing and Making 60% (30% of A Level).

Design Technology in Practice. A written 1 1/2 hour paper based on current materials, manufacturing methods, social and moral issues, health and safety and quality. 40% (20% of A Level).


A Level: Designing for the Future: A written 2 hour paper, which asks students to consider professional design practice, as well as design history 40% (20% of A Level).

Commercial Design Project: a student led design and make project with close links to a client and a very high quality outcome required 60% (30% of A level).


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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