Introduction to the Course
The aims of the course are for students to develop an understanding of product design, development and manufacture, in an industrial context. Students will develop designing and manufacturing skills through projects and set tasks, including the use of CAD/CAM, and the course will also give students the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills.
Standard entry requirements and students will have gained at least a B grade in GCSE Graphic Products, Resistant Materials or Product Design. Students will need an ability to work both independently and collaboratively when designing, developing, planning, manufacturing and evaluating a product.
As a student in year 12 you will be developing your design and manufacturing skills through a range of design challenges and focused practical tasks. You will also develop your technical knowledge of: design and innovation, materials and components, industrial and commercial practice, manufacturing processes, quality and health and safety. Your acquired knowledge will enable you to design and manufacture a high quality prototype during the year 12/13 coursework project. During the year you will be tested on your technical knowledge through a series of class tests and examination papers.
As a student in year 13 you will be completing your high quality coursework project. This requires you to investigate problems that need a design solution and work closely with your client to develop and manufacture a prototype design. During the year you will be tested on your technical knowledge through a series of class tests and examination papers leading up to your final examination paper.
A2 Level: 50% Coursework (80 Guided Learning Hours)
A2 Level: 50% Examination
Future Career Progression
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their designing and manufacturing skills, in an industrial context, and to allow students to develop their knowledge of materials and processes. This course will prepare students for a range of Product and Graphic Design courses at university.