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.
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
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
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)