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Product Design A Level at St Cuthbert Mayne School

Course description

Core Technical Principles
Core designing and making principles
Additional specialist knowledge

Aims of the course:

- To develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of difference materials including wood, metal, plastics, paper and card.

- To develop an understanding of using a variety of components to design and make successful products, applying safety and quality checks, using hand and commercial processes.

- To develop an understanding of the importance of ergonomics and anthropometrics.

- To learn about the use of CAD, CAM and ICT skills in designing and making.

- To develop knowledge and understanding of broader issues such as environmental sustainability of products, design and market influences including social factors, the influence of cultures and consumer safety.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSE Grades, including Grad 9 – 4 English and Mathematics


Written Paper, 2 hours, 80 marks, 50% of A Level
What is assessed:           
Core technical principles, designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge

Non-exam Assessment (NEA), 35 hours, 80 marks, 50% of A Level
What is assessed:           
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge
Written or digital portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.
Recommended 35 pages in length

Future opportunities

Architect, Engineering, CAD designers, Manufacturing Industry, Industrial design, Furniture design, Theatre design, Technical illustrator, CAM operatives, Interior design, Electronics, Motor vehicle design

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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