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A Level Product Design/ Resistant Materials at Christ's School and Sixth Form

Course description

This A Level course provides an opportunity for you to develop your own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills; to apply knowledge and understanding to a wide range of technological activities and to develop your critical thinking and collaborative skills.

You should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products or systems, and in the processes and products of design and technological activity. The subject leads on from GCSE developing your design and make skills and your theoretical knowledge.

A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment. New products should provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products. It is important therefore, that candidates, as future designers, develop a passion for designing for the future.

Course content

THE CURRICULUM

In year 1 you will learn about materials and processes, completing small projects to develop making skills which will lead on to a large design and make project, spanning across the end of year 1 and all of year 2 containing 50% of the overall A-level marks. This project will test students’ skills in designing, making and evaluating their prototype. Students can choose from a wide range of project ideas. At the end of the second year there will be an exam comprising of 50% of the marks.

 

Entry requirements

Grade B/ 6 at GCSE

Assessment

This subject uses the AQA Examination Board. Assessment involves regular coursework and theoretical assessment and formal examinations.

Students must complete all assessment components:

Component 1: 2½-hour written exam. A Level weighting: 50%

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project. A Level weighting: 50%

Future opportunities

This course leads to a wide range of careers including Architecture, Product Design, Media or Engineering. Many students go on to further education in areas including Industrial Design, Engineering and Furniture Design. There are also courses in various motorsport design degrees.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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