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Product Design A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

This course offers students the chance to explore ideas of originality design projects of value and to question and challenge design briefs that have been set.

Areas of study will explore and design understanding of a wide range of materials; including modern and smart materials, and processes used in product design and manufacture.

Over the two years they will be required to develop an understanding of contemporary industrial and commercial practices applied to designing and manufacturing products, and to appreciate the risks involved.

This course develops a wide range of disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products.

This course will allow the pupils to experiment with ideas and demonstrate design technique as well as look forward to future technologies.

 

Course content

This course offers students the chance to explore ideas of originality, design projects of value, and to question and challenge design briefs that have been set.  Areas of study will explore and develop understanding of a wide range of materials, including modern and smart materials, and processes used in product design and manufacture.

Over the two years they will be required to develop an understanding of contemporary industrial and commercial practices applied to designing and manufacturing products, and to appreciate the risks involved,

This course develops a wide range of disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products.  The course will allow students to experiment with ideas, and demonstrate design technique, as well as look forward to future technologies.

Years 1 and 2

Students produce one portfolio that contains evidence of product investigation, design and development and evaluation.

The portfolio comprises: performance analysis, materials and components, product manufacture, design and development, production planning, product manufacture and testing.

When completing this portfolio students can choose which route they would like to work towards combining all of the disciplines within product design this covers:

  • resistant materials
  • textiles
  • systems and control
  • graphics

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century (50%)

This covers Materials, Designing and Innovation, Processes and Techniques, Public Interaction, Human Responsibility, Industrial and Commercial Practice, and Product Analysis and Systems.  All areas will be taught throughout the two years of the course through a number of small mini-projects.

Component 2: Design and Make Project (50%)

In this unit, students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study. They will be asked to design and make a product that meets their chosen brief that complies with the requirements of product design covering many disciplines.  This coursework will begin in their second year.

Prior to this, students will develop their own style of design work and begin to explore a range of briefs.  Students will develop their understanding of cousework and the elements needed to be successful.

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of a level 5+ at GCSE in a design and technology subject such as graphical products, resistant materials or product design is required. Knowledge of materials, processes and related industries is advantageous along with strong practical ability as this is a demanding course. It is also expected that you have a level 5+ in Maths as the revised course has a 15% proportion of Maths based questions within the examination.

 

Assessment

The two year A Level course has one formal exam worth 50%; The paper includes calculations (15%), short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions. The assessment also includes an internal design and make assessment which also is worth 50%.

 

Future opportunities

Product Design is a popular subject for Higher Education and through its development of transferable skills will enable you to pursue many potential career paths.

Product Design graduates have gone onto careers in engineering, teaching, architecture, CAD, design illustration and various aspects of industrial design, interior design, garden design, marketing, advertising and furniture design.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2018
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