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Design & Technology: Product Design - 3-D Design at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Course description

This course encourages students to develop a broad view of design and technology, to develop the ability to design and make products, and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Unit 1: Based primarily on Materials and Components.
2 hour examination worth 50% of the AS Level (25% of total A Level marks)

  • Developing an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties in a broad range of materials and components
  • The broader issues for the designer, including the environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture
  • Methods in which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products
  • Health and safety issues relevant to working with materials
  • Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM)
  • Ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety
  • The life-cycle of products including manufacture, use and functional aspects and final disposal.

Unit 2: Portfolio coursework comprising two coursework tasks and practical outcomes.

Approximately 50 hours, worth 50% of the AS Level (25% of total A Level marks).
At A2, students will continue to design and manufacture exciting products whilst having an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial manufacture.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in DT: Product Design. If the subject has not previously been studied, GCSE grade B in DT: Graphics or in DT: Resistant Materials.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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