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Design & Technology: Product Design (GCE) at Shelley College

Course description

Why study Product Design?

A brand new course for September 2017, this specification replaces Design & Technology: Resistant Materials, and Design & Technology: Graphic Products. This is a linear 2 year course developed in partnership with local Universities to ensure students have the skillset required to move onto degree courses in design, manufacturing, construction and engineering.

What skills and knowledge will you develop during the course?

During Year 12 you will complete a series of short tasks and projects to enhance your product making skills, develop your knowledge of construction skills and finishing techniques. You will work in a wide range of materials including wood, metals, plastics and card, incorporating these materials into your own creative products. CAD and CAM processes will also be used throughout the course. These projects will form part of a portfolio which will be beneficial when applying for higher education or work in the design industry.

There will also be regular theory lessons to prepare you for the final examinations at the end of the course. Core technical principles will be explored including how a range of products are developed and produced in quantity in industry, the functional properties of a wide range of materials, and modern developments in product design including smart and technical materials. Iconic designs will be explored including the work of prominent and influential designers including Phillipe Starck, Memphis and Charles and Ray Eames.

Course content

Year 13 will focus on the three assessment units required to gain your final qualification.

Paper 1- Technical Principles (30% 120 marks) Written paper exploring the properties of different materials and manufacturing processes.

Paper 2- Designing and Making Principles (20% 80 marks) Written paper exploring the form and function of iconic products, product analysis and commercial manufacture.

Non-Examination Assessment (NEA 50%) A 45 hour project answering the design brief of your choice. Independently develop your own design brief exploring sustainable design, designing for specific client needs or the work of past and present designers. This unit includes a portfolio of research, design development and evaluation which culminate in the manufacture of a well made product.

Entry requirements

The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.

Due to changes in the curriculum set-up for GCSE, AS and A Level which are currently taking place, we have reviewed our entry criteria from 2018/19 onwards and will continue to review this annually until all curriculum changes are effective.

We have also decided that for the 2018/19 entry students, those with a 4 at English or Maths GCSE will be offered the opportunity to resit that subject in order to achieve a Level 5.

Our main College entry requirements are as follows;

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.

Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.

A BTEC qualification may be counted as equivalent to two GCSE passes if students choose to follow a vocational pathway (i.e, OCR Cambridge National in Sport).

 

There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.

Pathway

Average Grade

Programme of study

1

Average grade of 7 or higher

3 or 4 A Levels

2

Average grade of 5 to 6.9

3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway

3

Average grade of less than 5

Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway

 

The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:

http://home.shelleycollege.org/sixth-form/how-to-apply

 

Assessment

Year 13 will focus on the three assessment units required to gain your final qualification.

Paper 1- Technical Principles (30% 120 marks) Written paper exploring the properties of different materials and manufacturing processes.

Paper 2- Designing and Making Principles (20% 80 marks) Written paper exploring the form and function of iconic products, product analysis and commercial manufacture.

Non-Examination Assessment (NEA 50%) A 45 hour project answering the design brief of your choice. Independently develop your own design brief exploring sustainable design, designing for specific client needs or the work of past and present designers. This unit includes a portfolio of research, design development and evaluation which culminate in the manufacture of a well made product.

Future opportunities

Careers and future study: You will be able to continue to study a design related degree course or pursue apprenticeships with local or national industry.

Possible careers route:

Consumer Product Design

Corporate design & branding

Automotive

Computer game design

Furniture design

Engineering

Marketing

Animation

Interior & exhibition design

Graphic design

Wed design

Advertising

Magazine & newspaper design

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: 13 October 2017
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