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Product Design at John O'Gaunt School

Course description

What does the AS specification consist of and how is it assessed?Advanced Innovation Challenge (F521) 40% of AS/ 20% of A Level7 hour design exam internally sat exam but externally marked.A theme will be set in advance to enable candidates to research and put together a collection of useful, relevant resources. In the exam you will respond to one of a series of challenges within this theme that can be attempted from different material backgrounds. A work book, linked to a teacher script, will be provided for candidates to present their work in. Ideas are developed and modelled to come to a final idea which can then be evaluated. There is a reflection paper for this where you reflect on the product that you have designed in response to questions laid out by the exam board.The real benefit of this unit is that candidates will be free to explore original ideas and demonstrate their creativity and innovative skills more readily than in a project.Product Study Coursework Folio (F522) 60% of AS/ 30% of A LevelYou would be required to select a single existing product where they can analyse its strengths and weaknesses with the aim of improving the product in some way. This is not a complete redesign of a product but the opportunity to develop or improve the product in some way. Because the outcome will be a model candidates can select a product that they are interested in but which they might not be able to manufacture to a working prototype under normal workshop conditions. This unit will be marked by your teacher before being sent for moderation by the exam board (OCR).What does the A2 specification consist of and how is it assessed?In order to progress onto the A2 course you will need to have achieved a D or higher in the AS Product Design course.

Entry requirements

A* to C GCSE in ANY Technology subject

Future opportunities

What might I use this qualification for?Possible careers include consumer product design, project planning, technical sales, furniture design, CAD/CAM, buying, interior/exhibition design, advertising, display design, teaching, graphic designer, architect, carpentry, fashion design, jeweller, marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John O'Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years