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Design and Technology (3D Product Design) A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

This course has been designed to encourage you to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop your capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Students with an interest in Product Design will possess an enquiring mind, learn to think creatively, and be prepared to challenge expectations, to intervene and improve the quality of life by solving problems. Working as individuals and collectively, you will produce three dimensional products, models or working prototypes.

To achieve this, you will combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of creativity, aesthetics, cultural, social, economic and environmental issues. Design studies will focus on the work of past designers, design movements of the 20th Century and contemporary design.

At AS level you will study Materials & Components. A record of work undertaken during the year is presented to the exam board as a Design Portfolio contributing towards 50% of the AS grade. The remaining assessment is based on a written paper reflecting a knowledge of materials and components which you will have acquired throughout the year.

At A2, you will study Design and Manufacture. A single substantial product is to be produced, reflecting a greater understanding of the complex relation between design need, commercial, marketing and material processes. A written examination will reflect a developing knowledge of design in society and manufacturing processes.

A qualification in product design will demonstrate your ability to manage extended tasks, resolve conflicting demands and to organise the logistical demands of bringing resources, labour and costs in on time. These skills could lead to a range of further education or career opportunities in many disciplines, but clearly builds a perfect foundation for any design related field, such as Interior design, Set design, Product design, Architecture, Motor sport, Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and many more.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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