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Product Design (Resistant Materials, Graphic Product) A Level at Graveney School

Course description

The following three routes are offered, of which students may study ONE.
(a) Resistant Materials
(b) Graphic Product
(c) Textiles (AQA)

Course content

Unit 3: Designing for the Future
In this unit students will develop their 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 the future

Unit 4: Commercial Design
In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice that complies with the requirements of either a resistant materials technology product or a graphic product, depending on the route they are studying.

In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution.

A key feature of this unit is that students consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment. A student may choose to design and make a sustainable product, but if they do not, they should still consider the issues of sustainability at relevant points in their designing and making activities.

Sustainable issues include materials production and selection, manufacturing processes, use of the product and its disposal/recycling.


Unit 3: Designing for the Future
2 hour exam paper set and marked by Edexcel.
The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short answer and extended writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.
Unit 4: Commercial Design
(60% of total A2 mark)
The unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel.

Future opportunities

The course provides skills and knowledge relevant to those who are interested in working in the field of design, particularly product design, graphic design, three dimensional design, industrial design, furniture design, architecture and many more. It provides a sound basis for further study in Design and Technology. Students develop skills that contribute to an excellent portfolio of work. Many students have used their portfolios to successfully apply to Art Foundation courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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