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Product Design

PRODUCT DESIGN A LEVEL

Whether you have thought about it or not, design is a part of everyday life. Product Design is there from the moment you wake, your senses are bombarded by the sounds, colours, smells and textures of products. The design process has been applied to things we use every day to make our lives easier, from the built environment we live and work in to smaller products such as smart phones. Most products have been designed in order to provide solutions to specific problems identified by individual designers, clients or corporate organisations. Some are totally new ideas, but most are the result of improvements made to existing products. 

You will study a wide selection of theory topics such as materials, components and applications for products. You will develop a strong understanding of the design process and manufacturing systems. 

Taking A Level Product Design will prepare you in developing your creative and innovative design skills that will be enhanced by your determination to solve problems and achieve a satisfaction for the portfolio of work you will have worked so hard to create. 

3D Design could take you into a number of innovative and exciting career paths. To start with there is product or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD/CAM appeals to you more? This course could take you into a variety of dynamic careers such as architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering so the possibilities are endless if you have a passion for design. 


Course Outline

Year 12 

Students will take an internal exam assessment at the end of the academic year to test their knowledge and understanding on technical principles and to assess their academic progress on the course. 

Year 13 

The A Level course is assessed with one electronic portfolio (non-examined assessment) based on a major design and make project set by a real life client which is worth 50% of the course. There are two written exams which will be sat at the end of the academic year which total 50% of the course. Paper 1 is based on the topic of ‘Technical Principles’ and will be a 2.5 hour paper. Paper 2 is based on the topic of ‘Designing and making principles’ and will be a 1.5 hour paper. 


Assessment

Year 12 

Students will take an internal exam assessment at the end of the academic year to test their knowledge and understanding on technical principles and to assess their academic progress on the course. 

Year 13 

The A Level course is assessed with one electronic portfolio (non-examined assessment) based on a major design and make project set by a real life client which is worth 50% of the course. There are two written exams which will be sat at the end of the academic year which total 50% of the course. Paper 1 is based on the topic of ‘Technical Principles’ and will be a 2.5 hour paper. Paper 2 is based on the topic of ‘Designing and making principles’ and will be a 1.5 hour paper. 


Requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Art or a Design Technology subject. GCSE Grade 5 or above in English and Maths. 

Students should also have a keen interest in a variety of products, development of new technologies/materials and enjoy sketching in their own time. 


Trips

In previous years, A Level Product Design students have had the opportunity to attend the following trips:

  • RAF International Air Tattoo show in Fairford – understanding aircraft design, experience of watching an air display, talk to the aircraft crew and understanding their daily responsibilities in their line of work.
  • IKEA store visit with behind the scenes access in Bristol, the importance of environmental issues such as sustainability that IKEA is passionate about and understanding the workings of the successful international company on a daily basis.
  • GE Aviation in Cheltenham – completing various design challenges, flight simulation, career talks from engineers and apprentices, a tour of the company etc