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Product Design (Design Technology)

What does the course involve?

YEAR 1 (AS LEVEL) Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills - Internally assessed
In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s).

Assessment:
This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel.

YEAR 1 (AS LEVEL) Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice - Externally assessed
In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

Assessment:
1 hour 30 minute examination set and marked by Edexcel.
The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

YEAR 2 (A2 LEVEL) Unit 3: Designing for the Future - Externally assessed
In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design. It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.

Assessment:
2-hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.
The paper will be a question and answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

YEAR 2 (A2 LEVEL) Unit 4: Commercial Design - Internally assessed
In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a product of their choice.

Assessment:
This unit is internally set and marked by the centre and externally moderated by Edexcel.

What qualifications do I need?

This course is designed to be a natural progression from GCSE Technology courses.  It is recommended that the minimum level of entry to this course would be a grade B.

General Comments

A course of this nature demands commitment, consistency of effort, maturity and self-discipline but the benefits are many and contribute greatly to the wider aspects of preparing you for the realities of the world of work.

Future Prospects

Past students have taken up degree courses at Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Art and College of Higher Education after successfully gaining this qualification. Few other subjects can prepare you to cope in such a diverse range of situations as Design and Technology does. In this respect it is an ideal subject if you are contemplating a career in design, graphic design, architecture or many other allied professions.