D&T: Product Design - Graphic Products AS/A2 WJEC at Churchdown School Academy
2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme
What does the AS course include?
Students choose to work in either Resistant Materials or Graphic Products and follow a similar course but specialise in different materials.
Product Design is a very creative subject and allows students who study it to access higher level thinking skills during creative activities. The media will lead us to believe that there is not enough production in this country, but we are at the forefront of cutting edge design, from Sir John Ive at Apple to James Dyson. British designers are sort after the world over, it says a lot that most design offices have English as their first language, where ever they are.
Design at AS level develops knowledge and use of the Design process through a wide variety of approaches to the subject. These range from short product analysis assignments, to intensive design sessions, and through to the more traditional design and make assignments.
Formal assessment during AS is through two areas:
• Formal Exam
• Design and Make Assignment: Redesign and improve a product of the pupil’s choice. This is a design and make assignment, similar to the GCSE coursework but making the product for a client to act like a real designer.
What does the A2 course involve?
Formal Assessment during A2 is through two areas:
Formal Exam and Major Project (designing, making and evaluating): Pupils will design and make a product for a client, acting like true designers: they have to design for a market, customers and meet the requirements of the client.
Pathway 1: 4 A levels
• 5 A* to C Grades in GCSEs, including Maths and English, and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)
Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses
• 5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)
Will it suit me?
The course is open to all students, whether they studied Resistant Materials/Graphic Products at GCSE, or not.
The student needs to be committed to the idea of designing and manufacturing products from a range of materials.
The course demonstrates the importance of product analysis, market research and materials testing.
Links with industry are encouraged to demonstrate the tripartite relationship that exists between the designer, the manufacturer and the client or user.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchdown School Academy directly.