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Product Design - AQA A level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

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In order to correspond with industry working practices, students will be required to complete an externally set brief to a deadline each year, complete a making exam of your designed prototype and sit externally assessed examinations. Countesthorpe has one of the best workshops of any college to help you achieve this.

 

Why study this course?

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 prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course content

Year 12
Students enhance the skills already gained from GCSE. This is in the form of a

· Design and make brief

· Drawing and cad enhancement.

· Theoretical exam preparation for mock exams in February of year 12

· Start NEA - substantial design and make project worth 50% of their A-level

Year 13
NEA - substantial design and make project worth 50% of their A-level. Investigation into product design theory, in preparation for A level exams.

· Exam - Technical principles worth 30% of A level (2.5 hours)

· Exam - Designing and making principles. worth 20% of A level (1.5 hours)

Entry requirements

At least a 5 grade in a GCSE Design subject

Assessment

A-level Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below.

· Exam - Technical principles worth 30% of A level (2.5 hours)

· Exam - Designing and making principles. worth 20% of A level (1.5 hours)

· NEA - substantial design and make project worth 50% of their A-level

Future opportunities

Where does this course lead?

This qualification can lead to a place at university in an Art and Design related course. We have had many of students go on to successfully gain places on fashion contour, graphic design and architecture courses to name a few. The art and design sector is vast, so there are many opportunities. It is essential to build up a good portfolio of evidence. The presentation of the course sketch books at interview days can lead to offers from universities at the interview stage in some cases.

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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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