Design & Technology-Product Design - A Level only

Exam Board: EDUQAS

Introduction to the Course

Product Design and Engineering is a growth area of the economy, and is expected to require a large number of new employees during the next decade.  The demand for employees that have the skills and ability to develop technical solutions to complex solutions will make you a highly desirable employee. This course will allow you to develop the skills that employers require.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous subject. This specification encourages learners to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

The aims of this course are to ensure that students develop their knowledge and learn how to apply this and their mathematical skills to a range of situations so that they can develop working solutions to real world problems.

The skills they learn will also be transferrable to other Science and Engineering courses either at apprenticeship or degree level.

The project work includes the following skills: research, experimentation, prototyping and CAD/CAM which will enable students to apply their theoretical knowledge contained in the specification and gain a greater understanding of the knowledge in a practical context, by producing a functioning prototype.

Students will also have the opportunity to work both independently and collaboratively when designing, developing, planning, prototyping and evaluating a design problem.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements and students will ideally have completed a GCSE in either of the following courses: Resistant Materials, Graphic products, Product design, Systems & Control, Electronic Products or Engineering.

Course Content

  • develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products that can be tested and evaluated in use
  • be able to make informed design decisions through an in-depth understanding of the management and development of taking a design through to a prototype/product
  • be able to create and analyse a design concept and use a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including mathematics and science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology
  • be able to work safely and skilfully to produce high-quality prototypes/products
  • have a critical understanding of the wider influences on design and technology, including cultural, economic, environmental, historical and social factors
  • You will develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including the use of mathematics and science for analysis and informing decisions in design
  • You will develop and learn how to apply observational, practical and problem-solving skills in the identification of needs in the world around you and then design and test a prototype solution
  • You will develop and learn how to apply creative and evaluative skills in the development and assessment of prototypes to solve real problems

Assessment

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century written examination: 3 hours 50% of qualification

Component 2: Design and make project Non-exam assessment: approximately 80 hours 50% of qualification

Future Career Progression

The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their product design, electrical, electronic, mechanical knowledge and develop problem solving skills. It will enable students to progress to a degree or apprenticeship in a range of Engineering disciplines including: Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic and Civil Engineering, as long as they have studied Mathematics and Physics at A Level as well.

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