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Design & Technology: Product Design OCR AS Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

You will have the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture. Students will be expected to create imaginative ideas and solve real design problems in a creative way. Design solutions will be developed, modelled and tested to measure their success. Students will need flair and be able to show innovation when working on concepts and with a range of materials. They should also have an understanding of design development, technological practices and the use and effects of new technologies and modern materials. Thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are also part of this qualification.

Course content

Learning Method
The aims of the course are to encourage the achievement of the following designing, communicating and personal skills:
• To develop and sustain your creativity and innovative practice.
• To recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products.
• To develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and
historical perspective.
• To use ICT to enhance your design and technology capability.
• To draw and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technology activities.
• To develop an understanding of contemporary design.
• To recognise the values inherent in design and technological activities, and develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental, sustainable, social, cultural and entrepreneurial contexts.
• To draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs or above at GCSE level, including a C or above in D&T: Product Design, Systems Control, Graphics or Resistant Materials.
  • Students must have achieved a minimum of 50% in their GCSE D&T theory Examination.


Advanced Innovation Challenge Practical examination (7 hrs) 40% of AS Level, 20% of A2 Level
Product Study Coursework (75 Hrs) 60% of AS Level, 30% of A2 Level
Advanced Innovation Challenge – This is a timed design challenge based on a pre-released theme, under examination conditions. You will be assessed on your ability to design and model a product and then reflect on your design concept. Marks are awarded for innovation and originality.
The Product Study – An individual project carrying out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements for a chosen product. This includes extensive design development, modelling and testing to give a final design solution.

Future opportunities

The course is particularly suitable for those preparing for courses in architecture, product design, fashion design, ergonomics, engineering, aeronautical and mechanical design, furniture design and teaching design and technology and art and design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 September 2016

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