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Design & Technology Product Design

Syllabus Title: Design & Technology Product Design

Examination Board: AQA

Assessment Outline: 2 Exam papers and 1 NEA project

 Paper 1: Technical Principals 2.5 hrs. (30%)

 Paper 2: Designing & Making Principals 1.5 hrs. (20%)

 NEA Project: Practical application Designing & Making a Prototype (50%)

The topics studied in A-level D&T Product Design are broad and wide ranging and will be taught across the two years by two teachers. We are hoping to run this course alongside the D&T Fashion & Textiles course. Topics included are:

 Performance and characteristics of materials & their applications

  •  Enhancement of materials and the use of finishes
  •  Making skills using a wide variety of materials and processes
  •  Modern industrial and commercial practice
  •  Digital design and manufacture CAD/CAM
  •  Design processes and techniques
  •  Health & safety
  •  Design for manufacture & design styles

Studying A level …..This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.

You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing prototypes of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or above in Design & Technology GCSE

Future Career Options: University courses in Product Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Architecture are possibilities with employment opportunities at many levels including Apprenticeships.