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Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level at Newton Abbot College

Course description

Students will have a passion for problem solving, along with a curiosity in how things work, how things could be improved and a willingness to implement ideas until you discover the right one.

Course content

This course gives you the chance to get creative and innovative as you develop your product design skills and learn about the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing.

Covering all aspects of the design process, this A level explores new technologies. You will look at how the latest innovations are being used to create the next generation of products. Taught by specialist teachers, you will have access to fully equipped workshops including CAD/CAM and design facilities.

You will carry out mini projects and theory sessions, alongside your major design project, producing a design portfolio and a final product. End of year exams will assess how well you understand the design process, relevant materials, manufacturing technology, marketing and the ‘innovation challenge’ will assess your design and modelling skills.

Entry requirements

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.

SUBJECT SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

C Grade (equivalent) or above in a Level 2 Technical qualification.

 

Future opportunities

Product Design would suit students wanting to pursue careers in areas such as:

  • Architecture;
  • Advertising Design;
  • Automotive Design;
  • Product Design;
  • Engineering;
  • Computer-Aided Design;
  • Furnishing Design;
  • Design Technology;
  • Heritage/Restoration;
  • Industrial Design;
  • Interior Design;
  • Teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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