Product Design A Level at The Ashcombe School
Existing syllabus (AS counts towards overall A-level)
Why study the subject?
A study of Product Design will enable you to develop a critical understanding of design and technology and, in particular, to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. You will further develop the capacity to problem solve, undertake the entire design process, and manufacture products targeted at specific markets and/or users. Key skills are needed to organise and present information, ideas and design concepts clearly and logically through your coursework project.
Much of the course is based on real developments in technology, and you should have a strong interest in current and past designers, technological innovation, and want to learn how a product is developed from concept through to final execution stages. Wide reading of newspapers/magazines/relevant online content and viewing of current affairs programmes are essential to enable full participation in class discussion.
Students who wish to pursue careers in any aspect of creativity, including industrial product design, graphic design, engineering, architecture, marketing or advertising will find this course provides a valuable foundation. Students with A-level Product Design have access to a wide range of possible career and University opportunities. You will learn and use a variety of transferable design skills including presentation, development, manufacture and planning. Overall, you will gain a valuable insight into the creative world of design.
Content of course - AS
Portfolio of Creative Skills (60% of AS course)
Coursework – Completed September - March (90 marks)
• One portfolio that contains evidence of product investigation, product design and product manufacture
• Manufactured outcome(s) of high quality and complexity, showcasing skills and techniques
Design and Technology in Practice (40% of AS course) 90 minute written paper to be taken in the Summer (70 marks)
Topics covered include: Classifications of materials, Environmental/Sustainability Issues, Ergonomics and Anthropometrics, Inclusive Design, Printing methods, Consumer safety, Fabrication, Forming, Redistribution, Wasting, CAD/CAM, Finishing materials and processes, Health and Safety, Industrial and commercial practice and Quality Control.
Content of course - A2
Designing for the Future (40% of A2 course) 2 hour written paper to be taken in the Summer (70 marks)
Topics covered include: Industrial and commercial practice, Systems and control, Design in context and Sustainability
Commercial Design (60% of A2 course)
Coursework –Completed September - March (90 marks)
• Written design portfolio documenting the entire design process undertaken for the chosen product influenced by sustainability
• Manufactured outcome(s) of high quality, showcasing a range of skills, techniques, new technologies where appropriate, and market awareness
• Candidates submit evidence of a self-contained, substantial design and manufacture activity
Grades A*-C in Product Design, Graphic Products or Resistant materials are recommended. The ability to present ideas visually is essential.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ashcombe School directly.