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Design Technology Product Design A Level at Caroline Chisholm School

Course description

Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer, including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety. Practical work will be taught alongside theoretical knowledge and exam practise.
A Level
The specification offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills from Year 12. Students will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture. Students will complete the NEA assignment, which they will have begun during the latter stages of Year 12. The NEA consists of one topic based upon a need identified by the student and thus allowing them to work with the materials and processes they most enjoy. It will allow students to gain first hand feedback and design a product that is fit for purpose.


Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or Literature: Grade 4 is required
GCSE Mathematics: Grade 5 is preferred

Future opportunities

Product Design combines well with all subjects and is an excellent starting point for many higher education courses. It encourages and develops students’ capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. Product design also allows student to develop organisational and problem solving skills. It is an ideal subject to develop a series of skills such as time management, working with clients and creative thinking. Typical University pathways would include: Engineering (mechanical, electrical, automotive, structural, architectural and many others), Design courses (interior, graphic, product, automotive, electrical, sporting equipment, jewellery, architectural, fashion and many others). Non‐university pathways would include working in the automotive industry, the electronics industry and many different skilled trade jobs such as electricians, engineers, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caroline Chisholm School directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2017
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