Product Design at Colonel Frank Seeley School
AS Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative Skills (Coursework) 60% of AS grade -30% of total grade This unit comprises of three distinct sections; Product Investigation: Product Design: Product Manufacture. Throughout these distinct sections students will be challenged to think critically and reflectively about contemporary Design and Technology practices, to develop creativity and innovation, and to gain practical capabilities in the use of a variety of materials and processes to produce high quality products.
AS Unit 2 Design and Technology in Practice (Examination) 40% of AS grade – 20% of total grade This is a one hour and thirty minute examination which will test knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, techniques and industrial methods. Preparation for this unit is embedded within the Portfolio of creative skills and an intensive revision module prior to the examination.
A2 Unit 3 Designing for the Future (Examination) 40% of A2 grade – 20% of total grade In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design.
It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.
Students require a Grade C at GCSE in Graphics or Resistant Materials. Good ICT skills are an obvious advantage. As there is a substantial amount of coursework, students who are able to manage their time, work independently and have the ability to meet deadlines are much more likely to gain high marks than those who do well in written examinations alone.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colonel Frank Seeley School directly.