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Product Design (3-D Design) AS & A2 Level at The Westgate School

Course description

At AS Level:

At AS level candidates should develop an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components. They should understand why these are used in specific applications with particular emphasis on the life-cycle of products including manufacture, use and disposal. Candidates should have a good understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. Through study and first-hand experience in practical project work, candidates will also develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials.

 Coursework projects may also provide an opportunity for students to learn about the use of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM), and the use of basic quality control measures. In addition to this, through study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products, candidates should begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.

At A Level:

 At A level this knowledge and understanding will be developed through Unit 4 coursework and a further study of how materials and components play a major part in the sections which follow:

• Design and Market Influences - e.g. the evolution, selection and application of materials for the manufacture of modern products. How the use and conservation of both energy and raw materials affect the selection and application of materials for the production and function of products today.

 • Processes and Manufacture - e.g. the application of materials and components to suit specific production processes, from one-off to mass-production.

 Coursework- Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity.

Entry requirements

GCSE graphics/ Resistant Materials- grade B and GCSE English Language – Grade B

To continue to A2 – Grade D at AS Product Design 


Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

 · 50% of AS, 25% of A Level · 2 hour written paper

· 80 marks

 Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

· 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

· Coursework – approx 50 hours

 · 80 marks

 · Written (or electronic) design portfolio

 Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture

 · 25% of A Level

· 2 hour written paper

 · 84 marks

 Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice

· 25% of A Level

 · Coursework – approx 60 hours

· 85 marks

 · Written (or electronic) design folder

Future opportunities

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 The Westgate School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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