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A Level Product Design at Meadowhead

Course description

AS/A Level Product Design

Course content

Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers

Entry requirements

Students undertaking this course will be expected to have gained normal entry requirements plus at least a GCSE grade B in Product Design or Resistant Materials or another relevant GCSE.

Assessment

AS LEVEL

At AS level, students will be introduced to a variety of experiences with materials, processes and techniques.

Written exam: 2 hours. 80 marks. 50% of AS grade What's assessed Core technical principles and designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge. Questions are a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended response.

Design and Make project. 80 marks. 50% of AS grade What's assessed Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. Students will create a digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

A- LEVEL

Paper 1: 2 hours. 100 marks. 25% of A-Level grade What's assessed Core technical principles and core designing and making principles. Questions are a combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended response.

Paper 2: 2 hours. 100 marks. 25% of A-Level grade What’s assessed Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

Section A: Product Analysis. Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture. Mixture of short and extended response.

Design and make project. 100 marks. 50% of A-Level What's assessed Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. Students will present a digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Future opportunities

The qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. It could lead to a Foundation course in Art and Design or directly onto degree courses in Product Design, Furniture Design, Automotive Design, Graphic Design, Engineering, Manufacturing and Architecture. It could also lead onto a high level apprenticeship with local companies such as Rolls Royce or Cathelco.

Further information

Where can I find out more information?

See Mr Senior, Ms Evans or Mr Bagshwe in the Design Technology area, Meadowhead ADT faculty or find more details on the AQA website.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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