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Product Design GCE A Level at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Course description

COURSE OVERVIEW The course develops students’ ability to design and make products using a wide range of components and materials including wood, metal and plastics. The emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge based on practices and manufacturing techniques used in the production of commercial consumer products. This will include the hands-on use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing software and hardware. AS and A2 are in equal parts. After gaining AS students can convert to A2 by studying a further 2 units in more depth. Unit 4 coursework project differs from Unit 1 in that the student has to identify a client for whom they will design a product. They will need to liaise with them during the design process to confi rm ideas and suitability of proposed product specifi cation before production. A key feature of Unit 4 is to consider environment and sustainability issues for manufactured products.

The course allows students to research and develop designs that are predominently selected by them. They can tailor a lot of it to follow their own interests.

 

Course content

This course develops your ability to design and make products using a wide variety of components and materials, using wood, metal and plastics.

The emphasis is on the acquisition of knowledge based on practices and manufacturing techniques use in industry, for the production of commercial consumer products. This will include the hands on use of computer aided design and manufacturing software and hardware.

Unit 4 coursework project differs from Unit 1 in that you have to identify a client for whom you will design a commercial product to meet the client needs. You will need to liaise with them at various stages in the design process to confirm ideas and suitability of proposed product specification before production. A key feature of Unit 4 is to consider environment and sustainability issues for manufactured products.

You will need to research and develop designs that you have selected. You can tailor your programmes to follow your own interests.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard AS requirements, students will need to have achieved at least a B grade at GCSE in either Design Technology or an appropriate Art subject. Students having studied a D&T Food course may still qualify but will ahve a greater workload to update their knowledge content.

Assessment

Year 1 - AS Level

  • Unit 1 - Portfolio of Creative Skills
  • Unit 2 - Design and Technology in Practice

Year 2 - A2 Level

  • Unit 3 - Designing for the Future
  • Unit 4 - Commercial Design.

Future opportunities

This qualification would open pathways to Engineering / Manufacturing, Product design, interior Design, Industrial Design and graphic Design amongst others.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact tthe Careers Coordinator at the College.

Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Harry Smith Community College directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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