DeSIGN PRODUCT A LEVEL

PHS

Exam board: aqa

QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED TO START THE COURSE

General qualifications for your chosen pathway (see What to study/LaSWAP pathways)

6 or above in DT (resistant materials or product design recommended)

YEAR 12 COURSE SPECIFICATION

This course provides excellent progression from GCSE and it gives students the opportunity to follow a broad-based design course which stimulates creativity and innovation. Students will work on a series of designing and making (working with a range of different materials) activities and a detailed product investigation. They will be given the opportunity to look at various industrial practices. Throughout the course candidates study towards the terminal written papers and design coursework portfolio.

 

YEAR 13 COURSE SPECIFICATION

This course further encompasses creative, independent learning and candidates have the opportunity to work on a major design assignment of their own choice. Students will look in greater detail at industrial practices along with the development of existing products. Throughout the course candidates study towards a terminal exam paper.

LEARNING AND SKILLS

 

* Acquiring a complete understanding of designing processes

* Graphical work: sketching, layout, working drawings etc

* Practical work: including using timber, metals, plastics and model-making materials

* Studying materials, their properties and uses

* Studying manufacturing processes

* Studying the relationship between design, society and the environment

* Constructing balanced essays from assembled information.

* Making clear notes and diagrams from video tapes, demonstrations and text

* Visiting industrial sites and design studios.

These are just some of the skills you will learn during the course.

EXAMINATION AND ASSESSMENT

Some blurb about the exams. Specify the length and weighting of it in relation to the overall A level qualification

Unit title Type of Assessment Duration Weighting
Unit 1 

Portfolio of creative skills

Coursework/practical

 

60% (Year 12)

30% (Year 13)

Unit 2

Design technology in practice

Written examination

1 hour 30 minutes

40% (Year 12)

20% (Year 13

Unit 3

Designing for the future

Written examination

2 hours

20% (Year 13)

Unit 4

Commercial design

Coursework/practical

 

30% (Year 13)

 

 

FUTURE PROSPECTS

This course is seen as an excellent foundation for several related degree courses and careers. This includes architecture, interior design, graphic design, furniture design, product design, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, surveying, town and country planning and business management.