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DT Product Design A Level at Beaminster School

Course description

In studying Design and Technology at A level it is intended for students to:

Develop and sustain their own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability, to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products.

Develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice.

Apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices.

Use Information and Communication Technology to enhance their design and technological capability.

Develop an understanding of health and safety, to develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts.

Develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices.

Course content

AS Units:

UNIT 1 Product development 60% AS mark, 30% A2 mark

In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills.  Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products.    

UNIT 2 Knowledge and understanding of product design 40% AS mark, 20% A2 mark

1.5 hour exam looking at materials, components and their uses.  Industrial and commercial practices and product development.


A2 Units:

UNIT 3 A further study of product design, 20% A2 mark, 2 hour examination

More in depth study of the areas in Unit 2.  It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment.  Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.

UNIT 4 Commercial product development, 30% A2 mark

Again a design and make project, but the emphasis is on students working with a “real client/group from which they must design a product which meets a need.  They should liaise closely with their client to develop a commercial product.  A key feature of this unit is that students consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment.   


Entry requirements

Art or Design and Technology at GCSE Grade B is preferred.


Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.

There is half-termly assessment with written Feedback, and weekly verbal feedback.

Final projects are completed by Easter.  Exams are taken in the summer term.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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