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Resistant Materials A Level at Verulam School

Course description

Do you have an interest in how products are designed and manufactured and their commercial application?

Are you a creative, willing to explore new ideas and able to come up with imaginative solutions to problems?

Do you enjoy the process of making high quality products out of resistant materials to meet design needs?

Do you look at products and think ‘I could do better’ or ‘I wonder what would happen if…’

If so, this could be the course for you…

Course Content

AS:  Two units.

The Advanced Innovation Challenge (F521) is a practical examination requiring a response to a design problem; it is very creative and demands ‘out of the box’ thinking.

The Product Study (F522) is a coursework folder investigating and improving an existing graphic product; it demands a critical mind and development of an idea through modelling.

A2:   Two units.  

Design, Make and Evaluate (F523) is a second folder of coursework based around a topic of the candidates choosing; it tests designing skills and also includes a market presentation section which enables candidates to consider commercial potential in a realistic way. 

Product Design 2 (F524) is a written examination in two parts; the first is based around written answers to subject based theory based questions, the second is a discriminating design paper to identify candidate who can apply knowledge and experience to designing and communicating.

Candidates are encouraged to:

  • Develop and sustain their own creativity to produce high quality products
  • Develop a critical understanding of the influences on the processes and products of design
  • Apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes
  • To develop an understanding of industrial practices
  • Use computers and software to enhance their design work and technological capability
  • Develop an understanding of the social, moral, environmental and cultural values inherent in design
  • To develop critical evaluation skills in a range of contexts
  • Develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices
  • Develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and to work collaboratively

The Future

The A Level is for students who want to pursue a career pathway in design in the broadest sense.  It is an excellent partner to Art & Design and as a recognised qualification also leads onto a wide range of degree courses such as Architecture, Product Design and Interior Design.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Technology option.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years