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Product Design (Resistant Materials) A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

This course is a creative and thought provoking qualification. It is designed to inspire and challenge all students to develop their creativity and innovative skills in empowering ways. It gives students the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer; equipping them with design skills for the future and giving them the confidence to succeed in higher education and future careers. The course aims to develop: • An understanding of market needs, wants, aspirations, values and opportunities for new products • Subject knowledge in design and technology, including prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture • Intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products, their impact on daily life and the wider world and the role of responsible designers • An insight into creative, engineering and manufacturing industries • The capacity to think creatively, innovatively and critically • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes • The ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas including the use of mathematics and science for analysis and informing decisions in design • Creative, imaginative, but practical outcomes to challenging problems • Independent knowledge and safe and skilful application of practical processes in the production of a high-quality prototype • A critical understanding of the wider influences on design and technology, including cultural, economic, environmental, historical and social factors.

Course content

Students will complete 2 units over the 2 year course. Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology. This is an externally-examined paper where students will be required to apply their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject content. The written examination will be in June of the final year of the course and will count towards 50% of the qualification. Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project. Students will undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate the project which will test their skills in designing and making a prototype. It will be internally assessed and externally moderated in April of the final year of the course and will count towards 50% of the qualification.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Financial information

The recommended resistant materials text book to guide students through all units of the course is available for use in the department. Students often find it useful to purchase their own copy at the start of the course for annotation and easy reference.

Future opportunities

Students often progress into product design courses at university and ultimately specialise in an area of interest in completing their degree studies. Students also directly enter work placements on training schemes. Resistant Materials opens an array of opportunities including product design, industrial design, construction, joinery, engineering, electronics industry, industrial technologist and architecture, to name just a few possibilities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Ivo School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.