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Design Technology (3D Product Design) A level at Havering Sixth Form College

Course description

This course will help you develop academic and vocational skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving and computer aided manufacturing and design.

You will design, make and evaluate a large scale fully functioning prototype design of your choice while developing skills such as CAD, laser cutting and traditional making techniques in wood, metal and plastic, using hand tools, power tools and workshop machines.

Course content

Product Design is part of the continually evolving design field that has an impact on all walks of life. The course will develop academic and vocational skills such as analytical thinking, problem solving and computer aided manufacturing and design.

In the AS year, you can expect to:

  • Gain new skills in CAD/CAM drawing and making
  • Complete a Product Study by identifying a consumer product (from an ipod to small furniture) which could be improved
  • Undertake a timed Advanced Innovation Challenge to find solutions to a problem identified from a theme - then design and make your product using simple modelmaking techniques

Product Study is worth 60% and the Advanced Innovation Challenge is worth 40% of the AS grade.

In the A2 year, you can expect to:

  • Design, make and evaluate a large scale fully functioning prototype design of your choice
  • Produce a set of drawings which could allow the product to be manufactured by a third party
  • Gain feedback from a professional as well as developing the design into a commercially viable product
  • Develop skills such as CAD, laser cutting and traditional making techniques in wood, metal and plastic, using hand tools, power tools and workshop machines

Entry requirements

One grade B and four grade Cs at GCSE, C Grade English GCSE, Grade C in GCSE Art & Design, Resistant Materials or Graphics, Some technical, mathematical and drawing ability would be an advantage.

Assessment

Exam Board - OCR

60% Coursework, 40% Exam.

Financial information

Compulsory Cost

£20 - Both Year 1 and Year 2, a charge for materials, wood, metal and plastic.

Optional Cost

A basic range of materials is provided but students will be expected to buy other materials to support their work. Students are required to provide their own drawing boards, instruments and pencils for homework purposes.

Future opportunities

Design Technology is a good foundation course for Higher Education, as well as being recognised by employers in a 3D design field.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Havering Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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