Everything we use in our daily lives has been designed. Without creative individuals pushing the boundaries of technology and seeing and solving problems, we would not live in the world as we know it today. A Level Product Design is the starting point to making you one of those individuals who makes our life easier or better in some way. This course builds on the knowledge you have gained from GSCE Product Design . It allows you to have a greater understanding of the processes and materials you will need, as well as developing your thinking and practical skills. You will have a mixture of practical and theory based lessons, enabling you to complete one portfolio in Year 12 and one project, of your own choosing in Year 13, your final chance to showcase the skills you have learnt.
We follow the AQA A-level Design and Technology: Product Design specification.
A Level Specification at a glance
Paper 1 (30%).
Paper 2 (20%).
Non Examination Assessment (50%).
This course has been chosen as it gives you the chance to work in a variety of materials as well as specialising more when it comes to the exam.
Core Principals include the following:
In order to enhance your learning, trips to local manufacturing companies and London talks and exhibitions will be offered. These are designed to help with your understanding of commercial manufacturing systems and wider thinking about how design and technology impacts the world we live in.
You will be expected to make a contribution to the materials that you use and this will vary between projects. We expect you to provide your own A3 folder as well as basic graphics equipment. It is advised that you purchase design based magazines or related books for further reading.
We provide lists of useful magazine subscriptions, books, websites and multi-media links for students. This is avaible from the Technology Department on request, if you would like to read ahead before joining the course.
Students will be given exam style questions to develop their subject knowledge and ability to write extended answers, in preparation for the exams.
The exam board have a link to the new specification and are developing exemplar projects and exam answers.