Design & Technology: Product Design

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code KE13
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

This is a two year course with 50% non-exam assessment through a single substantial design and make task and 50% examined over 2 papers at the end of Year 13.

The Design and Technology: Product Design specification accommodates exclusive use of resistant materials and CAD/CAM manufacturing processes. Some Level 3 Engineering students will be studying Product Design A level as a compliment to King Edward´┐Żs BTEC Engineering course. 

 

Details

  • Imaginative practical work is at the heart. Students will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. They will explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts.
  • Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core technical, designing and making principles for product design.

How will it be delivered?

A LEVEL

Paper 1

What's assessed

  • Technical principles
  • Designing and making principles
  • Specialist knowledge

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 25% of A level

Questions

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions

 

Paper 2

What's assessed

  • Technical principles
  • Designing and making principles
  • Specialist knowledge

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 25% of A level

Questions

Section A: Product Analysis

  • 40 marks available
  • Up to six short answer questions based onvisual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture

  • 60 marks
  • Two extended response questions worth a total of 30 marks each
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Non-Exam assessment (NEA)

What's assessed

Practical applicaiton of:

  • Technical principles
  • Designing and making principles
  • Specialist knowledge

How it's assessed

  • Single substantial design and make task
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A level
  • Approximately 40 hours in duration
  • Written or electronic portfolio with photographic evidence of final outcome

Assessment criteria to include:

  • exploration
  • designing
  • making
  • analysis and evaluation

The above will be assessed in a holistic way.

Task(s)

Students will underake a substantial design and make task and produce a prototype.  The context of the task will be determined by the student.

Entry requirements

You will ideally require a grade 5 in a Design & Technology subject or Grade 5 in Art or pass grade in Level 2 BTEC Engineering would also be useful. All applicants are encouraged to ask as we will never penalise a student who has not had chance to study a creative subject at GCSE level.

TO ENSURE YOUR SUBJECT CHOICES FIT INTO THE TIMETABLE PLEASE SEE OUR BLOCKING TIMETABLE BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW. SUBJECTS SHOULD BE CHOSEN IN DIFFERENT BLOCKS TO AVOID ANY CLASHES

https://www.kes.sheffield.sch.uk/s/Y12-Subject-Blocks-2021-22-Version-2.pdf

Your next steps...

Designers and technologists are employed in a wide range of industries including: Graphic, Product and Industrial design, architecture, Electronics and engineering.

There are many university or college courses for which your A Level Design & Technology portfolios will be extremely useful to present at interview.

 

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