Name of Faculty: Design & Technology
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About Department: Product Design at Hendon School mainly focuses on the Resistant Materials and Graphic Design specialist areas, although the subject can be explored through all material specialisms offered within the Design and Technology faculty. Students can choose Product Design as a GCSE course or for A Level.
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GCSE Product Design (AQA)
This is a modular course consisting of 2 Controlled Assessment units, one practical examination and one written examination. Throughout the course pupils will build on existing skills and knowledge learned at Key Stage 3, and they will be introduced to new areas of experience such as technical drawing, design awareness and marketing. As Product Design is not limited to a particular area of Design Technology; students are allowed to choose and explore all areas studied at Key Stage 3. They will be able to design and make original and creative products, using a range of materials from areas of Design and Technology. Through looking at iconic designers and their products students will explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making. They will be able to produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on cultures, society and the quality of life.
This course allows students to access A-levels in Design or Graphics.
A Level Product Design (AQA)
Throughout the course students have the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. Recognising the routes that are pursued at GCSE, students can continue their studies either exclusively or as a combination of focus material areas. Throughout AS and A2, students explore the world of contemporary design, new technologies and modern materials. They are encouraged to develop design solutions, which are trialled and tested with working models and prototypes. Design thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills are also developed through a variety of activities. The course consists of four modules: At AS level students complete a controlled assessment unit and complete the Innovation Challenge (practical exam). At A2 students complete another Controlled assessment and sit a two part written exam.
This course could lead to a placement on an Art Foundation course or a degree in any design related subject, including architecture.
Other Information: We always aim to enhance the subject by offering extra-curricular activities run after school on some days of the week. There is also a weekly study session, which allows students to either catch up with coursework or to further enhance it. During the year we organise educational visits as well as workshops run by external visitors, which enable students to fully understand the importance of design and its impact on society