Product Design A Level at Arnold Hill Academy
Why study this course?
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They 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. 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.
What support and enrichment will I get?
In order to support students with coursework they are encouraged to make use of the facilities in the department outside of lesson time and work alongside the fully supportive members of staff. Students who are considering teaching will have the opportunity to support younger students in their Design and Technology lessons. In order to help students, understand design in the real world, we organise a range of visits to design exhibitions and industrial contexts.
In addition to standard entry requirements for sixth form, it is recommended (but not essential) that students have studied GCSE Product Design, GCSE Resistant Materials or GCSE Engineering and, if they have done so, they should have attained a grade C or better.
The course would provide an excellent foundation to a wide range of design related courses. The key skills developed through the design process, such as problem solving, researching, initiating ideas, planning and evaluating, are all key skills that would be sought after by many employers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.