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Design and Technology: Product Design (Graphic Products) AS Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School

Course description

This qualification seeks to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing graphic products. Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability.

All modern designers have to consider sustainable issues when designing new products. A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment. New products provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products. These considerations form an important thread that runs through the whole course in all units.

Course content

Unit 1
Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s). Different products will be chosen for the three distinct sections as students are not being asked to carry out one large design and make exercise but three smaller and more focused tasks which build up to provide a detailed portfolio of their skills.

This unit is internally set and marked by the centre at the end of year 12 and then externally moderated by Edexcel.

Unit 2

In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. 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 at all times.
1 hour 30 minute examination set and marked by Edexcel.

Entry requirements

A student wishing to study graphics should preferably have a grade A or A* in GCSE graphics to be confident of success but certainly no less than grade B. Students with grade A in a related subject would be considered.

Future opportunities

Students of A2 product design (graphics) may consider university and higher education courses in architecture, interior design, materials science, engineering, business & management and product design. The skills acquired through product design (graphics) can also be useful in a wide variety of roles in the manufacturing business world from product placement to packaging and the supply chain. It can also be a springboard for inventors and design entrepreneurs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2016

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