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Design & Technology Product Design AS and A2


Course Title: Product Design with Resistant Materials and Graphics pathways
Examining board: Edexcel (8/9RM01/8/9GR01)


Summary

We are pleased to offer this exciting new specification from Edexcel offering two distinct and creative pathways — Resistant Materials Technology and Graphic Products. Each pathway has its own specific content and emphasises two key factors — creativity and sustainability.

This new qualification structure allows students to develop a wide range of design skills and portfolio outcomes in readiness for the challenges for numerous career options.

All modern designers have to consider sustainable issues when designing new products. 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. Good design is vital to our world and economy, it is important, therefore, that we encourage all our future designers to be passionate and inventive when designing their futures.

The course is designed to encourage students to:
  • develop a broad view of design and technology
  • develop their capacity to design and make their own products
  • appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing
  • prepare students for careers within the design industries

AS outline

At AS level students develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. We will also consider the broader issues for designers including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety:

  • Unit 1: (PROD1) Materials, Components and Application
  • Unit 2: (PROD2) Learning Through Designing and Making (a series of exciting coursework projects that enable students to develop a portfolio of design work within their own specialist field for example – graphics, typography, illustration, 3D design, architecture)

A2 outline

At A2, the course offers students the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Students will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture:

  • Unit 3: (PROD3) Design and Manufacture
  • Unit 4: (PROD4) Design and Making Practice. (Self-initiated coursework project)

Entry requirements

 Five A*-C passes at GCSE including English, and at least a C grade in a D&T subject at GCSE level.  Candidates who have not completed GCSE D&T but have achieved an A* - B grade in Art will also be considered for this course. They should contact the head of D&T for further information.

For more information ...
And a full breakdown of the unit topics and assessment requirements please contact Nick Hull, Head of Design and Technology: nhull@gch.org.uk


Design and Technology – Textiles AS and A2

Course Title: Product Design - Textiles  
Examining board: AQA  2560

Summary

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • develop a broad view of design and technology
  • develop their capacity to design and make textile products
  • appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

AS outline

Candidates study and work with a variety of fabrics and components used in the design and making of textile products. They work in both two and three dimensional forms. Candidates gain an understanding of industrial and commercial practices within the area of design and manufacture:

  • Unit 1 (TEXT1) Materials, Components and Application
  • Unit 2 (TEXT2) Learning Through Designing and Making.

A2 outline

The specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Candidates continue to design and manufacture textile products alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial textile manufacture:

  • Unit 3 (TEXT3) Design and Manufacture
  • Unit 4 (TEXT4) Design and Making Practice.
Entry requirements

Five A*-C passes at GCSE including English, and at least a C grade in a D&T subject at GCSE level.  Candidates who have not completed GCSE D&T but have achieved an A* - B grade in Art will also be considered for this course. They should contact the head of D&T for further information.

For more information ...
And a full breakdown of the unit topics and assessment requirements please contact Nick Hull, Head of Design and Technology: nhull@gch.org.uk


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