Product Design/ Resistant Materials
Head of Department: Tom Hordern
Staff Contact Details: Tom Bird
This A Level course provides an opportunity for you to develop your own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills; to apply knowledge and understanding to a wide range of technological activities and to develop your critical thinking and collaborative skills.
You should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products or systems, and in the processes and products of design and technological activity. The subject leads on from GCSE developing your design and make skills and your theoretical knowledge.
A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment. New products should provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products. It is important therefore, that candidates, as future designers, develop a passion for designing for the future.
Our Resistant materials classroom offers a well equipped workshop and an adjoining specialist cutting workshop and student project space. Specialist equipment such as a vacuum former and a laser cutter regularly allow students access to machinery that realises ambitious project goals. The Technology department teaching rooms are supported by the Faculties Technicians.
In year 1 students will learn about materials and processes, completing small projects to develop making skills which will lead on to a large design and make project, spanning across the end of year 1 and all of year 2 containing 50% of the overall A-level marks. This project will test students’ skills in designing, making and evaluating their prototype. Students can choose from a wide range of project ideas. At the end of the second year there will be an exam comprising of 50% of the marks.
This subject uses the AQA Examination Board. Assessment involves regular coursework and theoretical assessment and formal examinations.
Students must complete all assessment components:
Component 1: 2½-hour written exam. A Level weighting: 50%
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project. A Level weighting: 50%
ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR
Links to businesses and manufactures will be developed and allow students to explore the future in this industry.
This course leads to a wide range of careers including Architecture, Product Design, Media or Engineering. Many students go on to further education in areas including Industrial Design, Engineering and Furniture Design. There are also courses in various motorsport design degrees.
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