Design & Technology: Product Design

What will you do on this course?

The course encourages innovation, takes account of the varied interests of the student and enables

students to learn about design in a design-make-test- evaluate context. As well as acquiring knowledge and experience of design methods, materials, technological concepts and manufacturing techniques, students will develop a sound understanding of the role that computers and electronics have within design and technological activities. Students will also develop

an awareness of the social and ethical implications of design and technology and the impact that rapid technological development has on the consumer society. Our trip programme varies each year but has recently included a visit to the Jaguar and Morgan car manufacturing plants and various design and manufacturing centres in Milan, Italy.

The following areas are a small sample of what will be covered on the course:

  • The ability to design effectively in an area chosen in response to an identified need
  • Understanding and production of modern products
  • The use of ICT to enhance design and technological activity including the use of computer aided design and computer aided manufacture.
  • Understanding of the properties of materials and the methods of working them.
  • Knowledge of ergonomics and designing for human needs and the ability to communicate ideas by a variety of graphical means.

How will you be assessed?

Unit 1: Examination - 2.5 hours. Technical Principles, 30% of total A Level marks.

Unit 2: Examination - 1.5 hours. Designing and making principles, 20% of total A Level marks.

Unit 3: Non-exam assessment (NEA) – Substantial design portfolio and prototype product. 50% of total A Level marks.

What could this course lead to?

‘Everything that is bought, used and enjoyed is developed, designed and made.’ So the realms of relevant courses are endless: Engineering, Design, Sciences, Business studies and the arts.

What syllabus do you follow?

AQA 7552