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Product Design A Level at Melksham Oak Community School

Course description

Students develop skills in using the latest Computer Aided Design software and our excellent Computer Aided Manufacturing equipment such as the 3D printer, Laser Cutter, CNC Lathe and 3D Router. Students work with a variety of different traditional materials such as woods, metals, plastics and modern materials such as polymorph and SMART materials.

Pupils who undertake Product design will choose to follow one of the following specialisms; Resistant Materials Technology or Graphic Products. Pupils who have completed Product design GCSE can choose the specialism they prefer to work in. Pupils who have completed Resistant Materials & Graphics will naturally follow their GCSE Subject.

Course content

Pupils have 2 units to complete over the year. Both specialisms are taught in the same lesson, as some of the syllabus crosses over. However there will be sometimes when each subject will be individually taught.

Unit 1 Portfolio of Creative skills (coursework) Unit 2:Design & technology in Practice : (exam) Year 13: A2

The A2 Product Design course is done during Year 13 and will only be undertaken if the AS grade is high enough to ensure a good grade as 50% of the AS grade contributes to the final A2 grade.

Assessment Units

A2:1 Further study of Product Design

Students will be required to answer questions based on their experience of materials, components, processes within the context of products and applications in their specialist subject: Resistant Materials or Graphics.

Examination 2 hours 25% of A2

This will involve identifying a real client/user group from which the student must design and make a product that meets the original need. Students should liaise with their client/user group in order to develop a commercial product which is later manufactured to a high standard. This is marked by the course teachers and moderated externally.

A2:2 Commercial Product Development (coursework) 25% of A2 

Course Description Developing design skills

This subject builds on the experience of GCSE and allows students to further their studies through Product Design. Students will have the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions to designing and making opportunities closely linked to the real world of product manufacture.

Learning communication systems and skills

Developing visual communication and understanding of aesthetics through product design, including the use of modelling, drawing, the use of computer technology and reprographics.

Developing and using knowledge and resources for designing and making

Using a range of materials, including wood, metal, plastics, textiles and card.  Developing and using knowledge of structures, geometry, manufacturing, control, aesthetics and the role of the designer in society. Sustainable design is a large area of study within the course and students develop a detailed understanding of the impact of products upon our environment in short, medium and long term.

Future opportunities

Design & Technology is a good general A-level, or can be called upon for more specialised purposes depending upon the needs of the candidate.  It is accepted for Higher Education entry and is especially suitable if a career in Design, Art & Design, Manufacturing, Industrial Design, Architecture, Graphic Design and Engineering is sought.  Because of the opportunity to exploit good quality computer facilities, available for computer-aided design, computer aided manufacturing and desktop publishing, the course has also been popular with students entering computer-related courses. The requirement to build a portfolio of work over the two years is particularly helpful for interview at the end of the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Melksham Oak Community School directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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