Subject Area: Technology
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
You will have grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths and English. If you were unable to take a Design Technology course at school this need not be a barrier if you are highly enthusiastic and have a genuine interest in the subject.
What will I study?
You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, while enjoying opportunities to put your learning into practice by creating products of your choice. You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, as well as developing the knowledge and skills sought by universities and employers.
You will use your creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering your own and others’ needs, wants and values. The course has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products, and to appreciate different aspects of design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
The topics you will study are:
Materials and their application, design communication skills, digital design and manufacture, critical analysis and evaluation, environmentally responsible product design, approaches to product management, design for manufacture, and national and international standards in product design. Within the course structure you will be taught a range of practical skills including appropriate use of industry standard CAD software.
A level Product Design will be assessed by two written examinations at the end of the course worth 50% of the qualification. Students will also produce a final practical prototype based on their own design brief, supported by an electronically submitted design folder worth 50% of the qualification.
Studying product design will equip you with the practical skills, theoretical knowledge, and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. Students studying the subject have progressed onto a range of degree courses including: Product Design, Industrial Design, Automotive Design, Engineering, Architecture, Computer Animation, and CAD Design.
Did you know?
There are 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.