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Design &Amp; Technology - Product Design (3-D Design) - A Level (Aqa) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

AS/A2 Design and Technology encourages students to take a broad view of technology and design, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

The subject content gives students the opportunity to specialise in Product Design (3-D Design) and is presented in three sections:

A: Materials and Components

B: Design and Market Influences

C: Processes and Manufacture

Students are taught to be aware of the responsibility designers and technologists have to mankind through an understanding of the potentials and hazards inherent in technological advance, change and decision making.

The course reflects the diverse activities of professional designers and covers a wide range of materials. Student designers are also taught to communicate their thinking clearly and to represent their ideas graphically.

Studying A Level Product Design can lead on to a number of exciting careers in Architecture and Construction, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Engineering and Manufacturing.

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 PROD1

Materials, Components and Application (Written Paper) 2hrs - 50% of AS Level - 25% of A Level

Unit 2 PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making (Coursework) Approx 50hrs  50% of AS Level-  25% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 PROD3 Design and Manufacture (Written Paper) 2hrs - 25% of A Level

Unit 4 PROD4 Design and Making Practice (Coursework) Approx 60hrs - 25% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-B achieved in GCSE Resistant Materials or Graphic Products. Other candidates will be considered on overall performance at GCSE, evidence of ability and interest in the subject.

Entry Criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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