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Design and Technology: Product Design at Ysgol Llanhari

Course description

The Design and Technology course offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops candidates' interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. The specification builds upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established by the National Curriculum and GCSE, whilst at the same time, accommodating the needs of candidates who have not studied Design and Technology at GCSE level. Naturally, the course offers a logical progression for those candidates who have studied Graphical
Products, Resistant Material s Technology, Textiles Technology and Product Design to GCSE level.

Course content

The specification content is presented under the two assessment
objectives of designing (AO1) and making (AO2) as follows:
(AS) Designing and innovation: Developing candidates’ ability to
design and enhance their basic design skills in order to solve
(AS) Product analysis: Understanding the requirements a product
must satisfy.

(AS) Materials and components: Developing a general appreciation of
the wide range of materials and components available to designers
and manufacturers.
(AS) Industrial and commercial practice: This section is about
understanding various methods of production and being able to apply
appropriate commercial practices in practical projects.
(A2) Human responsibility: This section is about acquiring the
knowledge and understanding needed to support design activities
through an increased awareness of the designer's social, moral, ethical
and legal responsibilities.
(A2) Public interaction: A product’s design and its place in the market,
for example, how a design idea may be transformed into a
marketable product.
(A2) Processes: Developing a detailed knowledge and understanding
of a broad range of processes leading to the acquisition of associated
skills through practical activity.
(A2) Production systems and control: Applying knowledge of
production systems and control techniques to provide valid, reliable
data and information in order to manufacture quality products.

Entry requirements

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AS DT1 20% Product Design Examination Paper (2 hours)
AS DT2 30% Design and Make Task (approximately 40 hours)
A2 DT3 20% Written Paper (2½ hours)
A2 DT4 30% Major Project (approximately 60 hours)

Future opportunities

The AS/A2 specifications will be of interest to a wide range of students including those who intend to follow a career or further course of study in Design and Technology or a related field. Those who have other interests or aspirations will benefit from the many
transferable skills achieved by following the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Llanhari directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September