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Product Design A Level at Aston University Engineering Academy

Course description

ABOUT

At AS level candidates should develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety.

 

At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture.

 

What skills will I learn?

 

The D&T Product Design3D will help you develop a number of skills:

- How to assemble data and assess it

- How to investigate facts and use deduction

- How to put over your point of view fluently

- How to work as a team to achieve results

- How to take responsibility for your own learning.

Course content

This unit is divided into three sections:

• Section A: Materials and Components

Understand the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components. Understand why these are used in specific applications.

Develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials.

• Section B: Design and Market Influences

Develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.

• Section C: Processes and Manufacture

Understand the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products.

Develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials.

Learn about the use of computer

aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture

(CAM), and the use of basic quality control measures.

 

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the AS subject content is applied to the design and making of projects.

Five criteria are used for assessment.

 

1 Investigation and Clarification of Problems 8 marks

2 Development of Design Proposal 24 marks

3 Making / Modelling 24 marks

4 Evaluation and Testing 12 marks

5 Communication and Presentation 12 marks

 

Coursework projects also provide an opportunity for students to learn about the use of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM), and the use of basic quality control measures

 

Entry requirements

A keen interest in Engineering, Maths and Science. It is recommended that you arrange a surgery meeting with Academy to discuss whether this is the best option for you. See website or ring 0121 204 4282 for details.

Assessment

ASSESSMENT

In the first year you’ll have two assessments. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your total marks. The coursework and your design portfolio account for another 25% of your marks

 

Year two is the same. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your marks and the coursework and your design portfolio account for the final 25% of your A Level marks.

Financial information

N/A

Future opportunities

CAREER PATHWAYS

Where will success take me?

3D design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD for industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

Further information

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you require further information on any aspect of the course you should contact the following

Mr Ian Middleton, CAL Engineering

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aston University Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Exam Code- AQA

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