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Product Design: Resistant Materials A Level at Lincoln Castle Academy

Course description

The 'A' Level Product Design course will encourage candidates to take a broad view of Design and Technology, and develop candidates' capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. You will learn how to design a product. This can include 2D, 3D and CAD illustrations. You will learn how to research and use that research to develop your designs. I often use James Dyson (inventor of the Dyson vacuum cleaner) as a good example of the skills you will learn. He has knowledge of materials, manufacturing methods, design and development. He is an inventor and is able to solve design problems. Subjects that work well with this one are: Maths, Business and Science.

Entry requirements

You must have a grade ‘C’ or above in Resistant Materials GCSE or a ‘Pass’ in BTEC First in Engineering. In addition to the above students must have a grade ‘C’ in GCSE English.

Future opportunities

Resistant Materials directly leads towards studying Design at Degree level in a wide range of disciplines including products, furniture, 3D design, graphics, interior and landscape / environmental design. It has also proved useful for students looking for careers in Construction including Architecture, Construction Managements, Surveying, etc. The subject is useful for students looking for careers in marketing and the manufacturing industries. Students have moved on to study 3D Design, Architecture furniture design, construction management, Art and Design foundation courses and Primary School teacher training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lincoln Castle Academy directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years