Product Design: A Level

Who do I speak to? Mr. James

Why study Product Design?

• ‘Good design is vital to our world and economy. It is important, therefore that we enthuse the designers of tomorrow and impart a passion for designing their future’

• This A Level course offers a fresh approach to and application in Product Design

• Equipping students with design skills for the future

• Encourages creativity and innovation

• Develop your ability to design and make products that are fit for purpose

• Have the opportunity to demonstrate your design and technology capability

• Develop skills in planning, research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation.

What’s it all about?

• You will develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for you, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that you can develop a greater understanding of how products are designed and manufactured, understand how analysis is used to inform decision making and summarize the strategies used to promote success

• You will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered.

When will I be assessed?

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology

Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 50% of the A Level course.

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others.

Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.

• Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project

Non-examined assessment

Students design and make a product/prototype for an identified need and user. This is evidenced in a design folder with photographic evidence of the student making the product. This accounts for 50% of the A Level course.

What could it lead to?

• Tertiary education and/or work-based study including product design, engineering and architecture

• Further training in the design, creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries

• Employment in a relevant sector.

Additional entry requirements?

• None.