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A Level Design and Technology Product Design and Resistant Materials at The Boswells School

Course description

Product Design with Resistant Materials is an exciting course ensures a sound understanding of technological, creative and practical skills necessary to progress towards more detailed design issues such as ergonomics, design history, design for electronic media and contextual design. The course emphasises two factors, creativity and sustainability, to explore ideas of originality and value, to question and challenge, to envisage what could be, but equally to consolidate students’ understanding of technology and the issues surrounding this ever changing field of study.

The course is designed to allow individual strengths and interests to flourish within a framework that ensures sound understanding of design and manufacturing techniques, plus a working knowledge of Product Design, graphics and engineering. Students will be able to further develop graphic skills alongside modelling and construction. Skills, knowledge and understanding are taught through a variety of assignments and challenges that increasingly involve contact with professionals in the world of design & technology. The course will require organised self-generated research and critical analysis in order to produce the quality of work expected at this level.

The course has four units. At AS Level a portfolio of creative skills includes the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. The second unit is a written paper that requires a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.

The A Level units include a written paper that will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design. The Manufacturing unit is an excellent opportunity to design and make a product reflecting the skills and knowledge gained across the course, students will explore fully functional prototypes that prove the feasibility of concepts and produce a high quality product that is developed with a specified client.

The Technology area has a broad range of facilities to develop and enhance students’ work to a professional level. ICT is central to the manufacturing element and 2D/3D Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, CAD/CAM is encouraged and explored to fulfil the creative aspects of student design work. Vinyl cutting and small scale lathe/milling work is available alongside a range of conventional shaping, forming and joining techniques and processes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Boswells School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years