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A-Level – Product Design

Overview

At Morriston, we are able to offer Design and Technology Advanced studies in Product Design. At this level, emphasis is placed upon the design of products for the real world and students will learn about production methods and the application of modern materials.

Entry Requirements

5 A*-C grades or equivalent at GCSE

Course Overview

Throughout the course, students will develop communication and practical skills through the completion of a number of open-ended and focused design activities. Environmental issues are of high priority within this course, students are encouraged to consider aspects of sustainability when designing and making. The Product Design course provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the principles of design and the role of the designer in society. It is closely related to GCSE Product Design, but at the same time introduces students’ to many new aspects of design and manufacture that are not covered at GCSE. All Product Design students spend time investigating and analyzing commercial products. Students are required to develop designs for products and manufacture products in our workshops. Alongside these coursework tasks, students will study the use of commercial materials, processes and technologies in the manufacturing of products in the real world.

Units Covered in Course

AS Unit 1: Written paper 1 Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification 80 marks. The examination includes a mix of structured and extended writing questions assessing learners’ knowledge and understanding of:

AS Unit 2: Design and make task Non-exam assessment: approximately 40 hours 20% of qualification 80 marks A design and make task, based on a brief developed by the candidate, assessing the candidate’s ability.

A2 Unit 3: Written paper 2 Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes 30% of qualification 100 marks. The examination includes a mix of structured and extended writing questions assessing learners’ knowledge and understanding

A2 Unit 4: Design and make project Non-exam assessment: approximately 60 hours 30% of qualification 100 marks A sustained design and make project, based on a brief developed by the candidate, assessing the candidate’s ability.

Progression

What can this qualification lead to ? In the past students who have successfully completed an A-level in this subject have progressed to higher education courses related to graphic design, engineering, product design, architecture, industrial design and interior design.