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Design and Technology - Product Design AS/A level at Heaton Manor School

Course description

In this course students will gain an insight into the intriguing world of the development and design of commercial products for the mass market, through the study of relevant industrial processes. The course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge and understanding necessary to enter a wide range of further education courses including industrial and product design.

Course content

Design and Technology Product Design allows for creative and innovative technological expression by providing an opportunity for students to develop their creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills and apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities in the field of the development of Product Design.

An understanding of industrial and commercial practices will be developed through the investigation of a wide range of different commercial products, allowing candidates to integrate their knowledge and understanding through the design and manufacture of high quality products which are appropriate for their intended purpose.

Students will use a range of CAD/CAM software including 2D design, Google sketch up in the manufacturing and design, performance modelling, and creation of products and prototypes. Students will also have the opportunity to manufacture using the latest technology CAM equipment, including a laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC router and vinyl cutter. 

They will investigate the influence of market trends, lifestyle and trends in designing for manufacture and a wide range of production and manufacturing methods. 

Entry requirements

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of different student interests, ranging from the expressive to the highly technological e.g. students join us having a variety of GCSE experience; students tend to come from Product Design, Systems and Textiles backgrounds and have achieved a minimum of a grade ‘C’ at GCSE. Although it is helpful, it is not essential to have studied Technology at GCSE, but it is expected that the student has achieved at least a grade ‘B’ in two subjects from Maths, Science or English. More importantly the course is suited to a student who has a lively and enquiring mind and who enjoys problem solving. Product Design students should be prepared to undertake independent research in both the design, marketing and manufacturing of commercial products. 


AS (Year 12)

The Design & Technology A/S Product Design course comprises the following two units:

Unit 1. DT1. 20% 2 hours - Examination Paper

This paper will contain two sections which will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the subject content for one focus area listed under:

• Designing and innovation

• Product analysis

• Materials and components

• Industrial and commercial practice

Summer examination

Unit 2. DT2. 30% (approximately 60 hours) - Design and Make Task

Candidates will submit one design and make task of their own choice to satisfy the AS assessment criteria.

Design and Technology in Practice A2 (Year 13)

The Design & Technology A2 Product Design course comprises the following two units:

Unit 3. DT3. 20% 2½ hours - Examination Paper

This paper consists of three sections and will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the whole subject content of one focus area. Section A and B questions require short answers and Section C questions require open-ended essay type responses and will specifically address the subject specification content listed under the additional areas:

• Materials and components

• Industrial and commercial practice

• Processes

• Production systems and control

Summer examination

Unit 4. DT4. 30% (approximately 60 hours) - Major Project

Candidates will undertake a single substantial project.

Future opportunities

Success in the course will open opportunities in various fields of employment and training. Progression onto higher education courses could include: multi disciplinary design for industry, ‘3D’ Product Design, Graphic Design, Computer Aided Design, Multi Media Design, Furniture and Interior Design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016

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