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A Level Product Design at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

This course encourages candidates to:

  • develop and sustain their own innovation, creativity and Design and Technology capability, to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products;
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice;
  • apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices;
  • use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance their design and technology capability;
  • develop an understanding of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural values inherent in design and technological activity and to develop critical evaluation skills in technical, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts;
  • develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices;
  • develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively.
  • AS

    There are two units of assessment, one unit is assessed by internal marking and external moderation and one unit is externally assessed by examination.

    Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills: In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design & manufacturing activities.

    Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice: Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of Design and Technology.


    Unit 3: Designing for the Future: In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues.

    Unit 4: Commercial Design: In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice. 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

    Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. GCSE grade B in Design and Technology.

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years