Design & Technology: Product Design (3D)
Why study A level Product Design?
This subject provides an interesting, challenging and stimulating area for study in the Sixth Form. The knowledge, understanding and skills gained are likely to be of great benefit to students pursuing further studies and to the world of work. The course encourages candidates to take a broad view of technology and design, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing. The course might well complement the study of Mathematics and Sciences or provide a contrast to the study of Arts, Languages and Social Sciences.
What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?
Many career related opportunities are available including product design, industrial design, mechanics, graphic design, interior design, architecture, engineering and illustration. We are very proud to say that a large proportion of our students continue into higher education to study Product Design or related degree courses.
Key Information Summary:
|Course Title||GCE Design &Technology: Product Design (3-D design)|
|Entry Requirements||A Grade C at GCSE in a Design &Technology or art based subject is required, as is an interest in design. It is also essential for students following this course to be highly motivated and self-disciplined, since much of the work will require independent research and development.|
|Contact Teachers||Mrs. N Firth firstname.lastname@example.org|
Much of the subject content is covered through project work reinforced by industrial visits and online support material. The emphasis will be on the solution of Design and Technology based problems using appropriate communication, practical and design skills. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop their personal interest and abilities, particularly when choosing their project for Unit 4. Past examples include:
- bike maintenance unit
- music stand
- aids for the elderly and disabled
- rugby training apparatus
A-level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into:
Core technical principles
Students are expected to be able to name specific materials for a wide range of applications. They must also be able to explain in detail why specific materials and combinations of materials are suitable for given applications with reference to:
- physical and mechanical properties
- product function
- manufacture and disposal.
- Practical methods for investigating and testing material properties to assess their suitability for a range of uses.
- Testing and comparing mechanical material properties
Core designing and making principles
- Product development and improvement
- Inclusive design
- Ergonomics and anthropometrics
- Meeting design criteria
- Fitness for purpose
- Target market user
- Accurate and efficient manufacture
- Design illustration and communication
- Design methods and practices
- Critical analysis and evaluation
- Selecting appropriate tools, techniques and processes
- Accuracy in design and manufacture
- Responsible design
Additional specialist knowledge
Performance characteristics of materials,
- Woods and wood based materials
- Composite materials
- Modern and smart materials
|A level – 2 Year Course|
|Paper 1 (2 hours, 25% of A level)|
Core technical principles and core designing and making principles
The paper is made up of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions
|Paper 2 (2 hours, 25% of A level)|
A mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions
Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s)
Mixture of short and extended response questions
|Non-exam assessment (45hrs, 50% A level)|
Practical application of technical principles, design and making principles and specialist knowledge
Substantial design and make task
45 hours (100 marks, 50% of A level)
Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.