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Product Design A Level at Westcliff High School for Boys

Course description

The course will be challenging and creative and will encourage students to develop higher order Design skills.  Students will be working primarily in designing, making and modifying products and they will be expected to present work to the group as part of their project.  Great importance will be placed on the theoretical understanding of the development and design of products.   The capacity to analyse a problem and synthesise to form a solution will also form an important element in the course.   In addition, students will learn from demonstrations, their own practical work, experiments and visits to places of interest as well as discussions with industrialists.   Information and control technology will be used extensively within project work.  Lessons will involve the analysis of existing products from conception to manufacture, for example low voltage lighting, domestic devices and furniture.  During the first term students will make a product using the milling machine and/or casting bay.  From the outset students ought to enjoy combining practical and intellectual skills.  Students will be expected to demonstrate initiative, imagination and ingenuity and to be prepared to work on projects in the Technology Rooms outside the School day.

Course content

The Advanced Subsidiary Curriculum: Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application (120 minute examination). 50%

The course content is divided into three sections:

  • Section A: Materials and components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture 

 Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making (Design and Make Task). 50%

This is a design and make unit where knowledge of the AS subject content is applied to the design and making of the candidates own project. Candidates are assessed on their use of the design process across five specified criteria.

The A2 Curriculum: Unit 3: Materials, Components and Application (120 minute examination). 50%

The course content is divided into three sections:

  • Section A: Materials and components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture

 

The material covered in these sections follows on from unit 1.

Unit 4: Learning Through Designing and Making (Design and Make Task). 50% 

This is a design and make unit where knowledge of the AS and A2 subject content is applied to the design and manufacturing of the candidates’ own project.

Entry requirements

An A grade in Design and Technology (preferably in Electronics, Engineering, Product Design or Resistant Materials) at GCSE is a minimum expectation. 

Assessment

Students ought to have a natural interest in Design and Technology and have an aptitude for practical work and project management. Independent study will form a large part of the course especially the Design and Make Tasks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Westcliff High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

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