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Product Design A Level at John Cabot Academy

Course description

Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. 

Course content

Year 1

What's assessed

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

How it's assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Year 2

Paper 2 - What's assessed:

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

How it's assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Section A:  Product Analysis, up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture, mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA).  What's assessed:  Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

How it's assessed: Substantial design and make task, 45 hours, 100 marks, 50% of A-level

Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Entry requirements

 AC grade or better at GCSE Product Design or Resistant Materials.

Assessment

50% Exam Based for Paper 1 and Paper 2
50% course work 

Future opportunities

Degree courses offer a variety of pathways into FE. Apprenticeships can vary from international opportunities with BAE for example, to local designers and manufacturers. Internships in many aspects of technology are also commonplace.

Careers

Textile technology; cybernetics; consumer science; product design; electronics; medical technology; dental technology; building crafts; architecture; vehicle design; furniture making; structural engineering; printing; vehicle maintenance; sign making; structural engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Cabot Academy directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017

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