Product Design A Level at Sandhurst School
Product design is a great subject to take, allowing students to be creative whilst learning about the complex relationships between design, materials and manufacturing, covering all aspects of the design process
Students explore new technologies and look at how the latest innovations are being used in the next generation of products. In addition to this, they will also gain an understanding of the factors that influence the development of products, covering such areas as anthropometrics, ergonomics, aesthetics and the influence that past designers and design movements have had on contemporary design. As well as all of this, students will also be expected 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.
Throughout the course students gain skills in taking risks whilst being creative, planning, problem solving, communication and evaluation; all important life skills that can be used in everyday life.
The written examination element, which accounts for 50% of the final grade, covers topics such as performance characteristics of materials, digital technologies, development of products, manufacturing industries and designing for a cleaner environment.
There is also an independent design and make project, which accounts for the final 50% of the qualification. There are four parts to this assessment: identifying opportunities for design; designing a prototype; making a final prototype; and, evaluating your own design.
Students should have achieved a grade 5 or above in GCSE graphics or resistant materials.
The qualification can help lead to further education in fields such as architecture, engineering, CAD/CAM or graphic design.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandhurst School directly.