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Product Design at Plume College

Course description

This course encourages the development of independent learning, creativity and innovation. It supports links to the industrial and commercial world and gives the opportunity for design and technology to be treated as an integrated activity in which students design and make products which can be tested and evaluated. Students who have achieved grade ‘B’ GCSE and above in Graphics or Resistant Materials would do well on this course.

In year one (AS) students will study how to analyse products and develop an opportunity to develop an understanding of materials, components and systems in materials. An awareness of design in society and an understanding of industrial practice and processes is another aspect of this course. During the year a design and make project will be completed and sent to the moderator in May. There is one external exam; which incorporates areas from the main two units;
materials, components and applications and design and making.

In year two (A2) the students will continue to investigate materials, components, systems, industrial practice and processes as well as design in manufacture. There is a second design and make project which will also be completed and sent to the moderator in May. There is an examination at the end of course for students to demonstrate their understanding andapplication of this knowledge.

Entry requirements

GCSE grades C in English, Mathematics, Science and a B in a relevant technology subject at GCSELevel (Resistant Materials/Graphics/Technology).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Plume College directly.

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years