Product Design is creative and challenging. Students design and make products to solve real problems for people. Students design and make using computer aided and traditional techniques to help a specific client who has real influence over the design process. Designers are practical problem solvers: you design it, you will make it.
Paper 1: 50% of the total AS marks.
A 1 1/2 hour examination in three sections which tests the candidate’s ability to explain, evaluate and critically analyse materials, products and manufacturing processes.
NEA – Non Examined Assessment: Single product design and make project - 50% of the total AS marks: A coursework design portfolio documenting the development of one product developed from the prescribed design contexts set by AQA. The unit should contain detailed research and design development work, in addition to the completed manufactured product.
Paper 2 - 20% of the total A level award
A 1 1/2 hour synoptic examination which assesses the candidate’s ability to express an overall understanding of commercial design and manufacture. Industrial visits and case studies support this module. Paper 1 contributes 30% to the A level award.
NEA – Non Examined Assessment: Further single design and make project: Candidates research and investigate the design and manufacture of a single product of their choice. This is a second coursework design portfolio which contributes 50% to the A level award. The project will illustrate the candidate’s ability to design to a client’s specification and to a commercial scale of production.
Educational visits and extra curricular activity
Outside speakers and industrial visits are used to support the teaching of A level courses. Sites visited include Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley Motors, Calypso drinks, Graham Engineering and Tags Ltd.
Rooms and resources
The purpose-built Design and Technology workshop is very well equipped with traditional and computer aided equipment. CAM equipment includes: 3D scanner and printer, laser cutter, high speed router and vinyl cutter and the room is also equipped with PC stations and an interactive white board to aid teaching.