Level : AS / A2
Examination Board / website: AQA
Written Examinations: (Unit titles, duration, % weighting) :
AS - 2 hours Written Paper based around materials and components, market influence and industrial practices – 50% of the total AS level marks
A2 – 2 hours written paper based around Design and Market influences– 50% of the total AS level mark
Practical Examinations: n/a
Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates) :
AS - Coursework (portfolio of several projects) – 50% of the total AS level marks submitted at the beginning of April
A2 - Design and make task portfolio – 50% of total A2 level marks submitted in the middle of April
AS/A Level Product Design further develops an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices while considering the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials. The course offers students the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. Students are encouraged to initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes. They also develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials as well as developing thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:
Students need good communication and literacy skills in order to explain and justify their decisions, an ability to critically analyse situations and products , an ability to think creatively in order to propose innovative and creative solutions to given problems or constraints as well as independent study skills to further research materials and components needed for their individual designs.
Goes well with:
Media Studies, ICT, Business Studies, Art, Photography
Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:
Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of design and technology within society. Therefore it is a suitable foundation for the study of design or related courses in higher education. They are also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers in areas related to the focus material areas that make up these specifications.
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