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Design & Technology AS/A-Level: Product Design at Highams Park School

Course description

The Design and Technology (D&T) - Product Design AS/A2 Level course is designed to give students opportunities to engage in technological problems, realise quality solutions and produce quality working prototypes.

Entry requirements

This course is intended to be a progression from all areas of GCSE Design & Technology; however students who have followed Resistant Materials, Graphic Products or System & Control will have an advantage. Students who have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE Design & Technology have proved to be particularly successful in the past.

Future opportunities

The world today would be a very boring place without the influence of designers. Designers influence the way we dress, the homes we live in, the food we eat, the cars we buy, the T.V we watch and the newspapers and magazines we read. As a society we all rely on a wide range of products for survival and for making our lives comfortable, and it is the few creative and innovative people who have the biggest influence on our lives without us even realising it. By following courses in Design at A level and then onto degree level many students will pursue excellent and rewarding careers within the Design and Technology sector and by undertaking the A-level Product Design course at Highams Park 6th Form you will be given the foundation for further study in a wide range of Design related courses at university and a future career. Some design related facts (source Design Council at http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/).The current UK design sector is made up of: 12,450 design consultancies employing 60,900 designers and 348,300 non-designers. 47,400 self-employed and freelance designers. 77,100 in-house designers in 5,900 businesses with at least 100 or more employees. 31% of design businesses are based in London - that's 20,436 businesses. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Art and Design and Computing or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Design and Technology, which could lead onto higher education in areas of and design, technology, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to design and technology such as an Architect, Carpenter or Computer Technician. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highams Park School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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