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D&T Product Design: Resistant Materials Technology A Level at John Hampden Grammar School

Course description

Product Design Resistant Materials Technology is a course requiring a two year commitment. It will broadly suit those students who have achieved at least Grade B at GCSE in resistant materials, industrial technology, the emphasis being upon materials, processes and manufacturing.

Students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. In addition students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design technology. Units

Unit 1: The Portfolio of Creative Skills - Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s). Students will not be carrying out one large design and make exercise but three smaller and more focussed tasks which build up to provide a detailed portfolio of their skills.

Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice - It is important for students as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered all times.

Unit 3: Designing for the Future - Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products.

Unit 4: Commercial Design - Students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed through this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice that comply with the requirements of a resistant materials product. In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are as follows – all of these requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 7 GCSE full course passes at a C grade or higher
  • A minimum GCSE total points score of 344 based on the best 8 full course separate subject GCSE passes
  • A minimum C grade in English Language and Mathematics
  • B in D&T Industrial Production GCSE or B in D&T Resistant Materials GCSE

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Hampden Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years