AS/A PRODUCT DESIGN at Peter Symonds College
There are two units in the AS course of equal weighting.
PROD 1: 2 hour written examination that tests your knowledge of materials, components and application.
PROD 2: learning through Designing and Making (coursework)
You will complete one design and make project during the AS year. You will focus on problem solving and creative designing using a wide range of modelling techniques. Much of your time will be spent experimenting and modelling with different materials, joining and manufacturing methods so that you are able to really understand how your design can be created.
You will keep a sketch book and e folder that records your experiments, and the design and development of your product. The knowledge gained from your practical experiments will enable you to plan in detail the most cost effective way your product can be manufactured.
The topics you will study will include a range of materials, and manufacturing techniques relevant to the products you will design and manufacture. Traditional practical skills are combined with modern day techniques and ICT; you will have the opportunity to use two CAD packages, 2D Design and the 3D modeling software Solid Works. Both of these packages are available free of charge.
At least five hours self-directed study is expected every week. This will take the form of research tasks, design and development and modelling. You will also complete product analysis exercises of a range of products and examination questions in preparation for the written examination in May.
5 GCSEs at grade A*- C including Maths and English. Plus a Grade C in a Design and Technology subject or a related subject like Art and Design is desirable but not essential. Those without a Design and Technology background at GCSE would be advised to attend extra workshops during the first term to update their skills and knowledge.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Peter Symonds College directly.