Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D design)
Level: A Level
Entry Requirements: Students must have a B in Design and Technology GCSE, or a B in English and Maths GCSEs.
This course will give you a broad view of Design and Technology. It gives individuals the opportunity to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
The course will give students the opportunity to develop and sustain their creativity and innovative practice. Individuals will have to recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products, develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and historical perspective.
This subject draws on a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas and helps to develop knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes. Students develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices, looking at new and innovative materials and technology processes. Whilst studying this course it is inevitable that each individual will develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental, sustainable, social, cultural and entrepreneurial contexts.
It is helpful but not necessary for candidates to have studied previously GCSE Design and Technology, however some prior knowledge and interest in design is important.
The course is broken into four units. Unit 1 and 2 are studied in the first year of the A Level and Unit 3 and 4 are studied in the final year.
- Unit 1 –Materials, Components and Application is 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. This is a 2 hour written paper based primarily on materials and components and consisting of three sections.
- Unit 2 –Learning Through Designing and Making is 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. This is a coursework project which consists of a design portfolio and manufactured outcomes.
- Unit 3 – Design and Manufacture is 25% of A Level. This is a 2 hour written paper based primarily on design and manufacture and consisting of two sections.
- Unit 4 – Design and Making Practice is 25% of A Level. This is a coursework project which again consists of a design folder and a manufactured outcome. Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity.
We have had many students continue to university to study Product Design at degree level. Last year a former student won awards for a product he has designed, this product is now going to be manufactured. This subject give students a broad knowledge and there are many skills learnt which can lead to a variety of careers. Some possible careers are as follows:
- Textiles Technology
- Furniture Making
- Product design
- CAD technician
- CNC machining
- Design Engineer
- Medical Technology
- Model making
- Vehicle Design
- Packaging technology
- Sign making
- Mechanical Engineer
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Head of Design and Technology at firstname.lastname@example.org or Second in Design and Technology at email@example.com.