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Design and Technology - Product Design A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

Students will:
• initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes
• develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials
• develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials
• develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills

Entry requirements

Candidates should have studied GCSE Product Design (or the equivalent) and achieved Grade B or above. Students who have not studied a Design related subject will be considered on an individual basis. You need to:
• be able to cope with the coursework commitments
• be organised to cope with a structured approach and frequent deadlines
• be good at and enjoy problem solving tasks
• be creative and pay attention to detail
• be able to present work to a high standard
• be competent with ICT and willing to extend your skills


Examination Format (40%)
Unit 1: 7 hours at the end of Year 12
Advanced Innovation Challenge
Requires candidates to work with materials in a supervised examination room or workshop over 3 sessions.
Unit 3: 2 hours at the end of Year 13
Component 1:  Candidates answer one question from eight based on each of the material focus areas.
Component 2:  Candidates answer one question from eight. The questions are designed to assess the candidate’s ability to respond to a design situation.
Coursework (60%)
Unit 2: Approximately 50 hours in Year 12
Product Study: 30%
Design portfolio (approximately 20 A3 sheets or equivalent power point slides) involving the analysis and production of improvements for a product of the candidate’s choice.
Assessment Criteria:  Product analysis; strengths and weaknesses; moral implications; development and innovation; testing and results summary.
Unit 4: Approximately 60 hours in Year 13
Project: Design, Make and Evaluate: 30%
Design folder (approximately 25 A3 sheets or equivalent PowerPoint slides) including manufactured outcome(s). Single project Design and Make task.
Assessment Criteria:  Design brief; information and inspiration; design specification; design development making and innovation; testing; marketing presentation; review and reflection.
Students choose their material focus, either resistant materials or textiles in order to carry out their coursework projects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September