Design and Technology: Product Design A level at Oaks Park High School
The course helps students to develop an understanding of the world of design and production, whilst fostering flair and technological capabilities. A Level Product Design will also instil an awareness of industrial processes/manufacturing techniques, as well as an appreciation of the responsibilities of designers and technologists to society at large. There is a focus on designing and innovation throughout the course, as demonstrated in the A/S exam, which is in the form of an innovation challenge, where students can prepare for their exam with a job bag of resources to aid their innovative thinking under exam conditions.
As well as using traditional teaching methods, students will analyse products to discover the merits and areas which need to be improved, record designs in both 2D and 3D and evaluate their successes. Following that, students will use the latest CAD software and CAM hardware to develop their designs and make their products.
Interacting with design is an essential part of the course, and as such, the Department will organise day trips to the Design Museum along with a day trip to the New Designers exhibition at The Business Design Centre.
The school has good links with The London Southbank University involving visits from lecturers on Product Design and Architecture delivered to support relevant principles.
Candidates wishing to study DT should have gained a GCSE Grade C in either: Product Design or Design Technology or a PASS in BTEC First Diploma/Extended Certificate in Construction. Candidates need to apply themselves to design thinking which is centred around products and their use by potential users.
Design, Make and Evaluate - a 40 hour 'product design task' of the students choice. This will involve submitting 25 pages of work.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaks Park High School directly.