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Product Design -AQA A level

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code PRODUa2
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Head of Department Mr. R Parker 

In order to correspond with industry working practices, students will be required to complete an externally set brief to a deadline each year, complete a making exam of your designed prototype and sit externally assessed examinations. Countesthorpe has one of the best workshops of any college to help you achieve this.

Why study this course?  

Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. 


 




 


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Course outline 

A-level Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. 

Exam - Technical principles worth 30% of A level (2.5 hours) 

Exam - Designing and making principles. worth 20% of A level (1.5 hours) 

NEA -  substantial design and make project worth 50% of their A-level 

Year 12  

Students enhance the skills already gained from GCSE. This is in the form of a  

design and make brief 

• Drawing and cad enhancement project using sketch up and 3d printer 

• Practice NEA project to a set design brief 

• Theoretical exam preparation for mock exams in June of year 12 

• Start NEA - substantial design and make project worth 50% of their A-level 

Year 13 

NEA - substantial design and make project worth 50% of their A-level. Investigation into product design theory, in preparation for A level exams. 

• Exam - Technical principles worth 30% of A level (2.5 hours) 

• Exam - Designing and making principles. worth 20% of A level (1.5 hours) 



How will it be delivered?


Entry requirements


Your next steps...

This qualification can lead to a place at university in an Art and Design related course. We have had many of students go on to successfully gain places on courses such as product design, graphic design and architecture courses. The art and design sector is vast, so there are many opportunities. It is essential to build up a good portfolio of evidence. The presentation of the course folders at interview days can lead to offers from universities in some cases at the interview stage. 


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