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AQA A Level Product Design at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

The course has been designed to encourage pupils to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

 

•          Researching & designing a finished item

•          Social, moral, economic and ethical issues within the industry

•          Development of designs

•          Production of 3D products

•          Joinery techniques

•          Study of industrial processes

•          Study of the design industry

•          Jig making

•          Testing and modelling

Course content

A-level design and technology: Product design helps students take a broad view of design and technology, and develops their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The specification provides students with the opportunity to design and make a product (or in the case of AS, a number of smaller products) in both years of the course. The course has 50% coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

 

AS level

Units include:

Paper 1- Written Exam (2hrs) 50% Core technical principles and designing and making principles. Additional specialist knowledge

Coursework 50% Single design and make project. Context set by AQA. Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

 

A-Level

Paper 1- Written Exam (2hrs) 25% Core technical principles and designing and making principles. Additional specialist knowledge

Paper 2- Written Exam (2hrs) 50% Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

Coursework 50% Substantial design and make task. Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

Entry requirements

We would recommend a grade 6 at GCSE in resistant materials or product design and a grade 5 at GCSE in English.

Future opportunities

Vocation

This course will help you to achieve employment in many industries including design, joinery, carpentry, and electrician.

 

Academic

This course could lead to the study of product design, graphic design, engineering, furniture design, or architecture at higher education.

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: 07 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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