A Level Design & Technology

Design & Technology: Product Design

About the course
This is a very exciting, interesting & stimulating subject. A subjectthat is be real, relevant and purposeful. Analysing the design and use of all sorts of products, developing an understanding of industrial processes and modern materials.
You build on the design skills and manufacturing skills you gained at GCSE and KS3.

What do you need?
GCSE grade C in Design and Technology, however, interest and commitment are just as important.

The full A Level is made up of two parts:
AS First half of A Level course 50%
A2 Second half of A Level course 50%

For more information on the course specification visit the Edexcel website.

AS Product Design Assessment
For the AS section of the course you will be assessed on:
Portfolio of creative skills – 60% of AS grade
Written exam – 40% of AS grade

Portfolio of creative skills
In this unit you are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

You will produce one portfolio that contains evidence for all three distinct sections.

Written exam - Design and technology in practice
In this unit you will develop their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.The knowledge and understanding you need in this unit is developed alongside their Portfolio of Creative Skills.

It is a 1 hour 30 minute examination set and marked externally. The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

A2 Product Design Assessment
For the A2 section of the course you will be assessed on:
Design & Make Project 60% of A2 grade
Designing for the future Examination 40% of A2 grade

Design & Make Project
In this unit you are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of your choice that comply with the requirements of a resistant materials technology product.

This unit results in the development of an appropriate product supported by a design folder.

Design Exam– Designing for the future
In this unit you will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. You must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design.
It is a 2-hour examination paper set and marked externally. The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

Future prospects
On completing this course you should find a wide range of university courses available to you, particularly design based degrees such as Product design, Interior design, Architecture and Engineering. Some students also seek employment in Engineering, particularly in Product Design and CAD/CAM.

 

Some Projects

Topics for KS4

Students continue with project based tasks throughout Year 9 and part of Year 10 to develop their skills in order to be well equipped to undertake their final GCSE project which is completed in Year 11.

Year 9 and 10 projects include:

Graffiti Storage Box

Graffiti Box

Mini Picture Frame

Picture Holder

MP3 Mini Amp

MP3 Mini Amp

Gadget Tidy

Gadget Tidy

Pewter Jewellery

Pewter Jewellery

Bottle Biter

Bottle Biter

Assorted GCSE projects

Topics for KS3

Throughout Key Stage 3 students cover a broad and varied range of technology subjects. In Year 7 students will complete a transition project for the first few weeks of the year, in order for us to identify their existing skill set and ability levels. After this, in both Year 7 and Year 8 students complete a range of design and make projects. Students will cover areas of Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Electronics and Product Design.

 

Year 7 projects include:

Pen Holder/NotepadKey

 Pen Holder

Key Holder

Key Holder

Metal Key ring

Metal Key Ring

Make it Move

Make it move

Electronic Door Hanger

Door hanger

Structures – bridges

 Bridge

 

 

Year 8 projects include:

Picture Frame

Picture Frame

Designer Lamp

Designer Lam

 

Clock

Clock

Smell Gel

Smell Gel

Mini Enterprise – Cafes

Mini Enterprise - Cafes

Mood lamp

Mood Lamp

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