Product Design GCE Advanced Level at The Milton Keynes Academy
The aims and objectives of the Edexcel Advanced GCE Design and Technology - Product Design are to enable students to:
- Use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs.
- Identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes.
- Be open to taking design risks, showing innovation and enterprise while considering their role as responsible designers and citizens.
- Develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world.
- Gain an insight into the creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries.
- Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products that can be tested and evaluated in use.
- Be able to make informed design decisions through an in-depth understanding of the management and development of taking a design through to a prototype.
- Be able to create and analyse a design concept and use a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including mathematics and science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology.
- Develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including the use of mathematics and science for analysis and informing decisions in design.
During the 2 year course, students will study the topics below:-
- Performance characteristics of materials
- Processes and techniques
- Digital technologies
- Factors influencing the development of products
- Effects of technological developments
- Potential hazards and risk assessment
- Features of manufacturing industries
- Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
- Current legislation
- Information handling, Modelling and forward planning
- Further processes and techniques.
Over the two years students will build various small projects related to the 12 topics.
5 or more A*-C grades (GCSE or BTEC equivalent) including grade 4 in English and 5 in Maths, with a B or higher in Design Technology.
Students will sit a written exam worth 50%.
Students will create one major project from the 12 topics in Theme 1 which is worth 50%
A qualification in Product Design can lead to a career in areas such as:
- Engineering (wide spectrum)
- Architectural design
- Product designer
- Furniture design and manufacture
- Interior designer
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.