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Product Design Technology AS AQA at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Product Design is an exciting opportunity for candidates interested in a future career in design – whether it be Architecture, Product Design, Furniture Design, Engineering or Graphic and Multimedia design, or are interested in becoming the next Trevor Baylis. A portfolio of recent work when applying to Post-18 courses is recommended. What better way then, than enhancing your opportunities at interview and learning about materials and making usable products? The new re-drafted GCE specification has been designed to: •Develop students’ capability to design, produce and evaluate solutions by developing their understanding of the complex relationship between design, materials and manufacture •Provide opportunities for students to learn through practical activities while producing solutions to control and systems based problems In plain English, there is a piece of coursework plus an examination for both AS and also for A2. The coursework and written examination are each worth 50% of the A/S level or 25% of the full A2 level. AS Units: Unit 1 Materials, Components and Application Written Paper 50% of the total AS marks (2 hours 25% of the total A Level mark) This paper is based primarily on Materials and Components. Consisting of three sections; Candidates will answer questions on Materials and their relevant processes when set in context of design and manufacture Unit 2 Learning Through Designing and Making Coursework 50% of the total AS marks (Approximately 50 hours 25% of the total A Level marks) ICT based design folder – e-portfolio using Microsoft Powerpoint Manufactured outcome(s) – a series of final models made by candidate

Entry requirements

Candidates would benefit from having a GCSE in either Resistant Materials or Graphic Products or Electronic Products with a minimum of a Grade C and should be willing to give up substantial amounts of their own time in order to complete coursework. There is also consideration of students with an Art GCSE at Grade C, and no DT GCSE. All students should be motivated and considering a career in the Design world – Graphic Design, Architecture, Product Design, Engineering, Vehicle and Automotive Design etc. A GCSE Grade C or above in English Language is highly recommended due to the large amount of written work required.

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 Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year