Design and Technology - Product Design (Graphic Products) A-Level at Dr Challoner's High School
The emphasis of this course will be on carrying out practical design tasks which will teach theory and understanding, so pupils must be interested in design and design development. The theme of Product Design‘ is central to the course, with common topics to all three courses such as design, sustainable design, materials and components, product development, marketing, quality control and product manufacture.
Coursework (unit 1) is divided into 3 sections: Product Investigation, Product Design and Product Manufacture. The theory (unit 2) develops knowledge and understanding of materials and processes such as Materials such as polymers, metals, papers and board. Smart and modern materials, CAD/CAM, the role of a designer, illustration and enhancement techniques, quality control and assurance, past and present designers.
Prospective students are required to achieve a minimum of 2 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade A and a further 4 GCSEs or iGCSEs at grade B, including English Language and Mathematics.
Pupils will be expected to have achieved Grade B or better in any GCSE Design and Technology subject.
Assessment and Course Structure
AS Unit 1 Coursework – Portfolio of Creative Skills - 60% of AS (30% of GCE)
AS Unit 2 1 ½ hour examination - 40% of AS (20% of GCE)
A2 Unit 3 2 hour examination - 40% of A2 (20% of GCE)
A2 Unit 4 Coursework – Commercial Design - 60% of A2 (30% of GCE)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dr Challoner's High School directly.