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Product Design A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Realise the importance of Product designers, the people who decide the way many everyday items look and work. Product design is the process of creating new and innovative products and items from scratch or working on improvements to existing ones. Items can include everything from electronics, domestic appliances and machinery to cars, shoes and furniture.

Product and industrial designers have an important role to play, not only are they responsible for the products we all use every day of our lives, they also have to consider the planet we live on and clever design, using natural and irreplaceable resources is an essential character trait of all the best designers.

Course content

Awarding body: AQA Product Design (7552)

Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles (25%)
2 hour written paper
100 marks
Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response

Paper 2: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles (25%)
2 hour written paper
Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response
Section A:
Product Analysis: Up to six short answer questions based on visual stimulus of products

Section B:
Commercial manufacture: Mixture of short and extended response questions

Part 3: Non-exam assessment (NEA) Substantial design and make task (50%)

Practical application (60 Hours) of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge

Further information

A better understanding of material properties and creative abilities make a more rounded Product Designer, therefore, Physics and Chemistry are useful. Creativity using drawing techniques, Computer Aided Design and Manufacture are also an essential area of knowledge incorporating Computer Science, Mathematics and Art.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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