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Design & Technology (Product Design 3-D Design) AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Design and technology should be the subject where mathematical brainboxes and science whizzkids turn their bright ideas into useful products- James Dyson

Product Design will help develop a number of skills:

  • How to assemble data and assess it
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view fluently
  • How to work as a team to achieve results
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning

Your A level studies cover four main topics and you will study two of these each year. In ‘Materials, Components and Application’ you will look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. In ‘Learning Through Designing and Making’ you will produce a product using your own design with a range of materials and media. In the second year you will get to grips with ‘Design and Manufacture’, helping you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. ‘Design and Making in Practice’ is the practical, coursework part. You will make a product and record the processes that you went through.

Course content

In the first year you’ll have two assessments. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your total marks. The coursework and your design portfolio account for another 25% of your marks. Year two is the same. A two hour written paper accounts for 25% of your marks and the coursework and your design portfolio account for the final 25% of you’re a level mark. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Entry requirements

Product Design builds on, but does not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills of KS3 and KS4 Design Technology. It is preferable but not essential that students have achieved a Grade B or above at GCSE Level Product Design and achieved Grade C or above at GCSE Level English. 25% of A Level


AS Level

Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application.

  • Written paper- Focus on materials, CAD and the life cycle of products
  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • 2 hour exam

Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • Coursework- a single project including a portfolio– approx 50 hours

A Level

Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture

  • Written examination- Focus on materials, appreciation of CAM the role of the designer
  • 25% of A Level
  • 2 hour exam

Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice

  • Making Practice 25% of A Level
  • 60 hours on a substantial design activity

Future opportunities

3D Design is an enormously satisfying career. You have an idea and – with the use of tools like clay or computers – it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for the person who designed the iPhone or Razor to hold the finished product in their hand.

3D design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course, there’s product or automotive design – but what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD for industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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