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Design & Technology Product Design A Level at Gateacre School

Course description

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.

Course content

Year 12

  • 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.
Year 13

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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