Design & Technology: Product Design (3D) A Level -

DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN (3D)

AQA 7552

WHY STUDY DESIGN and TECHNOLOGY: PRODUCT DESIGN?

This creative and thought-provoking qualification will give students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers - especially those in the creative industries.

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

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Component 1

 - Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

·         Written exam

·         25% of A Level

The exam paper will contain a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Component 2

 - Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

·         Written exam

·         25% of A Level

The exam paper will contain a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Section A: Product Analysis -  Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture - Mixture of short and extended response questions.

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

 - Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

·         Substantial design and make task

·         50% of A Level

Evidence: digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Studying product design at A Level can contribute to entry into creative industries through further and higher education, or through modern apprenticeships with a wide variety of employers in the manufacturing, engineering and design sectors.

A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“Studying Design and Technology has allowed me to gain valuable knowledge into how products are professionally made and how to do so myself. The teachers have been endlessly supportive in helping me and the rest of my class with this, making the overall experience very enjoyable. I have enjoyed studying Design and Technology as it has allowed me to be creative in what I design and I have also been given the freedom to express my ideas. Design and Technology as a whole is a fun subject to take.”

- Matt Byrne, Year 13 

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students wishing to pursue this course need to have demonstrated adequate capability (B grade or above) in Design and Technology and/or other appropriate disciplines at GCSE level. Grade 4 or higher is also required in English and mathematics GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Mrs Williams awm@sandon.essex.sch.uk