A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
The course has fifty per cent coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.
Exam Board- AQA
AS and A-Level courses based on this specification should encourage candidates to:
- recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products
- develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and historical perspective
- draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production processes to a range of design and technology activities
- develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices
- use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their design and technological capability
- recognise the values inherent in design and technological activities, and develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic, environmental, sustainable, social, cultural and entrepreneurial contexts.
AS Examinations (Award 1551)
Unit 1 - PROD1 Materials, Components and Application: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. 2 hour written paper. 80 marks.
Unit 2 - PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. Coursework - approx. 50 hours. 80 marks.
A Level Examinations (Award 2551).
Unit 3 - PROD3 Design and Manufacture. 25% of A Level. 2 hour written paper. 84 marks.
Unit 4 - PROD4 Design and Making Practice. 25% of A Level. Coursework - approx. 60 hours. 85 marks.
5 9-5 grades at GCSE or equivalent. It is essential that students have previously studied a design-related course at GCSE level. Grade 6 in English and Mathematics is required, however students with a grade 5 in Art & Design or Design & Technology and a grade lower than 5 in those subjects could also meet the minimum entry requirements.