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Design and Technology: Product Design A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

Mobile phones, cars and buildings all started as ideas on a drawing board.  With creativity their shape and functions evolved, but they also needed manufacturing and marketing.

Course content

This course is centred around designing and making quality products using a variety of tools, materials and manufacturing processes.
 
The ability to communicate ideas effectively will be developed through practical tasks, graphical presentation and the production of a design folder.
 
Appreciation of future career paths will be enhanced through field work, presentation tasks and working with practical designers and professionals. 
 
The course is split into 4 units. Units 1 and 2 are studied at AS level and units 3 and 4 at A2. 
  • Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application
  • Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making
  • Unit 3: Design and Manufacture
  • Unit 4: Design and Making Practice 
In studying this course, you will develop your capacity to design and make products, and appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. 
 
You will learn using:
  • Presentations, interviews, speeches, discussions and debates analysing the design and value of products including moral and social considerations 
  • Independent coursework development: analysis of a brief, research, planning, designing, testing and evaluation 
  • Field work experience, site work 
  • Educational visits to related design organisations (museums, retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and universities) 
  • Work with existing products to generate design ideas 

Entry requirements

To study Design and Technology: Product Design you will need 5 or more GCSEs at A* - C including English, mathematics, and either Resistant Materials or Graphics GCSE.

Future opportunities

Product design can lead to employment, or university study, in a variety of fields including:

  • product design
  • conceptual modelling
  • graphic design
  • furniture design
  • interior design
  • architecture
  • other related areas

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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