Design and Technology AS/A level

Design and Technology Product Design

Qualification: AS/A Level Awarding body: AQA

What will I learn on this course?

AS: How to develop initial design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes
Develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials
Develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials
Develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills

A2: Students studying for the A2 unit will build on the skills developed in the AS course. The major project coursework provides students with the opportunity to undertake a detailed design and make task tailored to the individual interests of the student.

Sixth Form Curriculum DesignThe project context entails a wide range of skills:

  • primary and secondary research
  • analysis
  • generation of a detailed specification
  • idea development
  • communication skills
  • CAD
  • manufacturing techniques
  • evaluation

How will I be assessed?

AS:

Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

50% of AS, 25% of A Level - 2 hour written paper, 80 marks

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections

 

  • Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
  • Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
  • Section 3 contains one compulsory question

 

Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

50% of AS, 25% of A Level - Coursework – approximately 50 hours, 80 marks

Written (or electronic) design portfolio

Manufactured outcome(s)

Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work.

A2:

Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture

25% of A Level - 2 hour written paper, 84 marks

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections

Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section. Includes synoptic assessment.

Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice

25% of A Level - Coursework – approximately 60 hours, 85 marks

Written (or electronic) design folder

Manufactured outcome

Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity

What are the entry requirements?

In addition to the general entry requirement for the Sixth Form, the minimum requirement for the AS course is a GCSE grade B from a Design and Technology subject.

A2: Successful completion of AS Product Design course in Year 12.

How long does this course last?

AS: one year  A level: one year

How many hours of self-study will be required?

Students will be expected to apply 60 minutes self-study time per 1 hour lesson.

How is this course delivered?

AS: 9 periods over 2 weeks. During Yr 12, 7 contact periods will be assigned to PROD2 delivered by two members of staff, the remaining 2 period will be assigned to PROD1. After the PROD2 deadline in March, all remaining taught periods will be devoted to supporting the PROD1 examination and the relevant skills required to be successful.

A2: 9 periods over 2 weeks. During Yr 13, 7 contact periods will be assigned to PROD4 delivered by two members of staff, the remaining 2 period will be assigned to PROD3. After the PROD4 deadline in March, all remaining taught periods will be devoted to supporting the PROD3 examination and the relevant skills required to be successful.

What are the mandatory modules or units - what will I have to study?

AS: PROD1 PROD2

A2: PROD3 PROD4

What materials will I have to provide?

Students will require a 0.5mm black fine liner pen. The Technology Faculty will provide the first £10 for materials in Year 12 and £20 in Year 13; students will be required to make up the financial difference should their project exceed this amount. Students will also be required to purchase the AQA Design and Technology: Product Design (3D Design) AS/A2 Design for A Level text book (£23:49)

What can I do after this course?

After AS you can do A2 Product Design course; employment in the Design field; relevant college courses; accredited point score towards UCAS applications.

After A2, you can do a Design related degree courses, for example; architecture, teaching, graphics design, product design, automotive design, furniture design etc. Accredited point score towards UCAS applications.

What careers would this course be useful for?

Teaching, architecture, product design, graphical design, project management, aeronautical/ automotive design, careers that require sound project management/analytical skills, CAD.

 Here are some examples of careers in this area of interest:

  • CAD Draughtsperson 
  • Design Engineer 
  • Product Designer

Who can I contact for more information?

Mr G Fallon, Mr A Mc Neil, Mr D Campbell, Mr G Hughes