Product Design is creative and challenging. Students design and make products to solve real problems for people. Students design and make using computer aided and traditional techniques to help a specific client who has real influence over the design process. Designers are practical problem solvers: you design it, you will make it.
Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application - 50% of the total AS marks: A two hour examination in three sections which tests the candidate’s ability to explain, evaluate and critically analyse materials, products and manufacturing processes.
Unit 2: Learning through designing and making - 50% of the total AS marks: A coursework design portfolio documenting the development of one or more design and make projects. The unit should take around 50 hours and contain detailed research and design development work, in addition to completed manufactured products.
Unit 3: Design and manufacture - 25% of the total A level marks: A further two hour synoptic examination which assesses the candidate’s ability to express an overall understanding of the complete course content. Industrial visits and case studies support this module.
Unit 4: Design and Making Practice - 25% of the total A level marks: Candidates research and investigate the design and manufacture of a single product of their choice. This is a second coursework design portfolio which should be produced in approximately 60 hours. The coursework will illustrate the candidate’s ability to design to a client’s specification and to a commercial scale of production.
Educational visits and extra curricular activity
Outside speakers and industrial visits are used to support the teaching of GCSE and A level courses. Sites visited include, Bentley Motors, Calypso drinks, Graham Engineering and Tags Ltd.
Rooms and resources
The purpose built Design and Technology workshop is very well equipped with traditional and computer aided equipment. CAM equipment includes: 3D scanner and printer, laser cutter, high speed router and vinyl cutter and the room is also equipped with PC stations and an interactive white board to aid teaching.