Product Design A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls
Design and Technology makes a unique contribution to the development of young people by preparing them to participate in, think about and to intervene creatively to improve the quality of tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. AQA's new GCE specification in Product Design (3-D Design) provides candidates with exciting opportunities to develop their capabilities through: combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, creating quality outcomes and becoming informed users of products. It is normally expected that pupils will have gained a grade B or above in a Design Technology subject at GCSE.
At AS level candidates should 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.
The AS specification has 2 units:
Unit 1: Knowledge and understanding of materials, processes and products including;
- Developing an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a range of materials
- The issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture
- Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM)
- Ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety
Assessment: Written Exam: 2 hours Weighting: 50% of total AS / 25% of total A Level marks
Unit 2: Design Folio: Candidates submit a folio of creative skills
Assessment: Design Folio & Made Products: Approx 50 hours Weighting: 50% of total AS / 25% of total A Level marks
At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture.
The A2 specification has 2 units:
Unit 3: Further study and application of materials and processes including;
- Classifying materials and identifying, testing and comparing their application to product manufacture
- Appreciation and understanding of the use of CAM for industrial production
- Moral, economic, social and environmental responsibilities of the designer
- Planning production procedures and methods.
Assessment: Written Exam: 2 hours Weighting: 25% of total A Level marks
Unit 4: Design Folio: Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity.
Assessment: Design Folio & Made Product: Approx 60 hours Weighting: 25% of total A Level marks
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Girls directly.