Design & Technology Product Design A Level at Gateacre School
This new course is designed to offer learners opportunities to study, propose and realize prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. Recognising the routes that are pursued at GCSE, this specification provides candidates with opportunities to continue their studies either exclusively or as a combination of focus material areas experienced in KS4.
What are the benefits for students of studying this OCR specification?
- This course offers excellent progression from the OCR GCSE Courses with an AS Advanced Innovation challenge unit.
- This course has been reduced from six to four units, thus reducing the assessment burden on learners.
- This course accommodates exclusive use of materials or a combination of focus material areas. The specification is designed to stretch and challenge students and develop a wide range of personal and practical skills.
- Content of the course has been revised, updated and improved to reflect new QCA and Government requirements and feedback from educational establishments, schools and students.
- Advanced Innovation Challenge (40% of the AS marks and 20% of the A-Level marks) The Advanced Innovation Challenge requires candidates to design and model in a design workshop or examination room and complete a workbook and question paper.
- Product Study (60% of the AS marks and 30% of the A-Level marks) The Product Study consists of product analysis and product development, prototype modelling and testing.
Design, Make and Evaluate (30% of the A-Level marks) Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product which fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity, flair and innovation.
Product Design (20% of the A-Level marks) The subject content of this unit is focused towards products and applications and their analysis in respect of:
- materials, components and their uses
- manufacturing processes
- industrial and commercial practices.
Students who have studied Design and Technology at GCSE level must have achieved a ‘C’ grade.
Students who have not studied GCSE Design and Technology can do the course subject to an interview with the Head of Department.
Design and Technology is a course that can broaden a students outlook on the real world while complimenting other choices of subject made at ‘A’level. Many students have gone on to take careers in the design field - including teaching - and associated areas such as Architecture, Surveying and Town Planning.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateacre School directly.