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Product Design at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

We live in a world where good design and sound engineering is implicit in almost every aspect of our lives, from the cars we drive and the clothes we wear to the magazines we read and the medical equipment that helps save lives.

Product Design is the gateway into an exciting and ever expanding world filled with many opportunities which our students can take full advantage. Could you be the next James Dyson? Jonathan Ive? Vivienne Westwood? or Norman Foster?

The study of Product Design enables students to:

  • develop creative and innovation solutions to a wide range of problems
  • design, model, test, evaluate and modify prototypes/solutions to satisfy design needs
  • recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-qualityproducts
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences impacting on design in the 21st Century
  • draw on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas
  • draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technology activities
  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practice
  • use information and communications technology (ICT) and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability
  • recognise the values inherent in design and technological activities and develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental, sustainable, social, cultural and entrepreneurial contexts
  • design, model, test, evaluate and modify prototypes/solutions to satisfy design needs

Course content

The students follow a common course but approach each unit through their own specialist area.

These are:

  • Built Environment and Construction
  • Engineering
  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphic Products
  • Textiles
  • Systems and Control
  • Manufacturing

 

  • UNIT 1: ADVANCED INNOVATION CHALLENGE

The task assesses the candidates’ ability to be innovative, demonstrate flair, work with materials and apply knowledge gained throughout their AS course.

  • UNIT 2: PRODUCT STUDY

This unit requires students to study and redesign an existing product.

  • UNIT 3: DESIGN, MAKE AND EVALUATE

The coursework consists of designing, making and evaluating a product, and the production of marketing presentation.

  • UNIT 4: PRODUCT DESIGN 2

Component 1: This section relates to designing for consumers and specialist material areas.

Component 2: Requires students to respond to a design brief published by the exam board. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including a Design and Technology subject or Art.

Assessment

  • UNIT 1: ADVANCED INNOVATION CHALLENGE

This unit is a seven-hour design challenge set by OCR. It is undertaken in two three-hour sessions over one day and a one-hour session at a later date. All sessions are  completed on dates set by OCR. (20% of A LEVEL)

  • UNIT 2: PRODUCT STUDY

Internally marked design folder and a range of 2D and 3D models. (30% of A LEVEL)

  • UNIT 3: DESIGN, MAKE AND EVALUATE

Students are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product that fully  demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity, flair and innovation. The coursework consists of designing, making and evaluating a product, and the production of marketing presentation.

Internally marked design and making folio. (30% of A LEVEL)

  • UNIT 4: PRODUCT DESIGN 2

2½ hour exam.  Students are able to carry out research before the exam.  Externally marked exam (20% of A LEVEL)

 

 

Future opportunities

The course provides a suitable foundation for the further study in any design or engineering discipline.

The nature of the course is such that it would be very useful to students considering a wide variety of careers that are related to design, manufacturing, engineering and the arts and also the hospitality industry.

Further information

Product Design may be taken with any other subject.
Successful combinations in the past have included Maths, Science, History, Geography, Art, Drama and Business Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

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