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Design and Technology (3-D Design) A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

This specification provides a progression route from GCSE studies in Product Design, Electronic Products, Engineering and Resistant Materials.

The course offers the facility to follow a broad based Product Design course or to specialise in one of the disciplines, stimulating independent learning, creativity and innovation.

Course content


Unit 1: Materials, Components & Commercial Processing and Design Environment & Ergonomics
Topic List
- Developing and understanding of the physical and mechanical properties in a broad range of materials and components.
- The broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture.
- Methods in which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products.
- Health and Safety issues relevant to working with materials.
- Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM).
- Ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.
- The life cycle of products including manufacture, use and functional aspects and final disposal.

Assessment: Written Exam 2 hours (80 marks) - 50% of total AS

This paper is based primarily on materials and components and consists of 3 sections:
Section 1 - contains compulsory limited response questions.
Section 2 - offers a choice of one question from two.
Section 3 - contains one compulsory question.

Unit 2: Coursework

Assessment: You will be given a design brief and be expected to design and make a working product - approximately 50 hours (80 marks) - 50% of total AS.


Unit 3: Design and Manufacture, Market Influences and Manufacturing Processes

Topic List
- Classifying materials and identifying, testing and comparing their application to product manufacture.
- The implications of Health and Safety as an element of design activity.
- Examination of alternative designs and redesigning existing products.
- Use of natural resources, materials utilisation, conservation, waste disposal/management, pollution, recycling.
- Appreciation and understanding of the use of CAM for industrial production.
- Moral, economic, social and environmental responsibilities of the designer.
- Planning production procedures and methods.

Assessment: Written Exam 2 hours (84 marks) - 50% of total A2 mark.

Primarily based on design and manufacturing issues. The paper has 2 sections and students have to attempt one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section.

Unit 4: Coursework

In this unit you will be expected to create your own design brief and to produce a high quality working product. Your work will be presented in the form of a design portfolio including; research, design ideas, design development, modelling, manufacturing, testing and evaluation. This unit is similar to unit 2, but the standard of the work is expected to be considerably higher. Assessment: Coursework approximately 60 hours (85 marks) - 50% of total A2 marks

- Written design folder
- Students submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have studied a GCSE Design & Technology subject to grade B or above.

Future opportunities

It offers a clear progression route to those students wishing to follow an HND or degree path in Engineering, Interior Design, Product Design etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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