Product Design A Level

About the Course

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers: especially those in the creative industries. As a student, you will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences in design and technology; whilst enjoying opportunities to put this learning in to practice by producing products of your choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by Higher Education and employers.

Exam Board

AQA

Requirements

B Grade in a technology subject at GCSE.

Course Content

Paper 1 – 2 hour written examination: core technical principles and core designing and making principles. The questions are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended response to gain a maximum of 100 marks. (25% of A level) Paper 2 – 2 hour written examination: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles. The questions are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. The paper is divided into two sections. (25% of A level) Section A: product analysis - up to six short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s). Section B: commercial manufacture – a mixture of short and extended response questions. Non-examination assessment: this is a substantial design and make task. You will be assessed on practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. You will produce evidence in the form of a written or digital design portfolio including photographic evidence of final prototype. This is worth a maximum of 100 marks through 45 guided learning hours. (50% of A level)

Beyond the Classroom

The Design & Technology Product Design A level will help you to develop a number of skills:
  • how to assemble data and assess it;
  • how to investigate facts and use deduction;
  • how to put over your point of view fluently;
  • how to work as a team to achieve results;
  • how to take responsibility for your own learning; and
  • how to time plan effectively to meet deadlines.

Your Future

Product Design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there is product design or automotive design, but what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering just to name a few career paths from an ever growing list of possibilities. Where will product design take you?

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mrs G Massarella-Burton
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