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Product Design A Level at The John Fisher School

Course description

Design Technology is essential to the progress of the modern world. Working in a technological context demands immediate consideration for the environment around us, what we need for the future and the most efficient way of attaining it. Identifying needs and market trends develops entrepreneurial traits whilst at the same time benefiting society as a whole. Be it car design, use of robots or the discovery of a new solar system design and manufacture is central to future progress.

Course content

During the course you will: Have the opportunity of designing and making one product which has been requested by a client. The client will be chosen by you. The coursework element represents 50% of the total marks for the examination. The written exam consists of a two hour paper which covers all aspects of the subject, relating specifically to product design ‘Materials, components and application’ - you’ll look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. In Year 13 you will study ‘Design and manufacture’ - helping you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. The exam is worth 50% of the final mark.

Entry requirements

A GCSE pass at minimum Grade B in Product Design.

Future opportunities

There are many degree courses open to Design and Technology students including: Architecture, Graphic Design, Engineering and Manufacturing, including cars, furniture and all manner of everyday products. In fact, can you name anything, other than natural objects, which has not been designed and manufactured?

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years