Product Design - Year 12 and 13
Course outline 2017 - 18
We now deliver the new and enhanced A level course from AQA. This is a modern and relevant course that offers the opportunity to learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.
This new qualification places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will be asked to use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives our students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries.
They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, while 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.
It is structured into three parts.
Paper 1 – Technical Principles
2 hours 30 minutes
30% of A level
Paper 2 – Designing and Making Principles
1 hour 30 minutes
20% of A level
NEA (Non-exam assessment) – Practical Project
Substantial design and make activity
50% of A level
Portfolio and prototype