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AS/A2 Product Design Graphic Products or Resistant Materials at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

The Product Design course at Bluecoat Academy will introduce students to a broad range of design skills, manufacturing techniques and materials.

Students will develop their understanding of the relationships between these issues and how they affect design and technology practice.

Students will be encouraged to work creatively, exploring their ideas and working imaginatively to produce innovative products.

Students will study a body of core knowledge and then choose to specialise in one of the following material areas:

• Graphic Products

• Resistant Materials

Areas of study and methods of assessment Students will complete the following units for AQA Product Design:

AS Level Unit 1: Materials, components and application. 50% of AS level. 25% of A level. 2 hour written paper.

Unit 2: Learning through designing and making. 50% of AS level. 25% of A level. Coursework, approx. 50 hours.

A2 Level Unit 3: Design and Manufacture. 25% of A level. 2 hour written paper.

Unit 4: Design and making practice. 25% of A level. Coursework, approx. 60 hours.

Who should do this course ?

You should be capable of showing enthusiasm, creativity, initiative and determination and have the ability to be organised and utilise your time well. You should also be prepared to put in extra time to develop and prepare outside of lessons.

What equipment will I need ?

You should have basic drawing equipment and access to a computer outside of lessons. You will need to be able to access PowerPoint or an alternative programme on a regular basis.

What next ?

Gaining an A or AS level in Product Design can lead directly to work or a range of different courses in further and higher education. It is particularly valuable for careers in product or industrial design, Graphic Design, manufacturing, design engineering, architecture, teaching, interior design and much more. Employers are always keen to employ people with a creative outlook.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A Level Product Design should have five GCSE A* – C grades including English and Maths, with a B or above in GCSE Design and Technology. In special circumstances and with a reference from your art teacher we would consider students without GCSE or with a grade C.

Final decisions will be taken by the Course Leader

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 years