Design and Technology: Product Design A Level

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 TPT27
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Product Design is focused towards consumer products and applications; their analysis in respect of materials, components, and marketability to understand their selection and uses in industrial and commercial practices of product development.

Details

Exam - 25% of the A Level (1.5 hour writeen paper) on technical principles of Product Design:

  • Anayse existing products
  • Demonstrate applied mathematical skills
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
  • Demonstrate understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

Unseen Challenge - 25% of A Level (2hours 30 mins - design/written paper)

  • Section A focuses on learners applying their knowledge, undertsnading and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products.
  • Section B requires learners to reflect on their design task in Section A in relation to wider factors/issues from the design principles.

Iterative Design Project - 50% of the A Level (Approx 45 hrs Non Examined Assessment)

  • The Iterative Design project requires leanrers to undertake a substantial design , make and evaluate project centred on the iterative proccesses of explore, create and evaluate.
  • Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.

 

How will it be delivered?

Principles of Product Design exam - 26.7% of A-Level (1 hr 30 mins written paper)

Four questions covering technical principles of Product Design:

• Analyse existing products

• Demonstrate applied mathematical skills

• Demonstrate technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques

• Demonstrate understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

Problem Solving in Product Design exam – 23.3% of A-Level (1hr 45 written paper)

Longer answer problem solving and critical evaluation questions:

• Apply knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products

• Demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions

Iterative Design Project (NEA/Coursework) – 50% of A-Level (Approximately 65 hours or more)

A substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate.

• Identify a design opportunity or problem (choose your own context)

• Create a portfolio of evidence throughout the project.


Entry requirements

A grade C at GCSE in the relevant area of technology.


Your next steps...

This varies on the area of specialism but includes:

  • Any career within design including graphic design, interior design, 3-D design, product design, industrial design, marketing, product development and production, fashion design, fashion buying, illustration, fashion journalism, trend predictor, pattern cutter amongst hosts of other.
  • Also many kinds of engineering and technical careers including electrical/electronic engineer, special effects, animatronics, computer programming, microcontroller programming, music technology, lighting engineer, games programmer, robotics, control engineer or designing any electronic product from mobile phones to spacecraft etc.

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