Product Design (3D)
“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn’t exist, design it!” (Sir Henry Royce).
Product Design A Level is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject which prepares young people to live and work in the designed and made world. Creativity is a fundamental part of Product Design and many designers believe that thought-provoking, innovative design to be cornerstones of every successful product. A level Product Design builds on the experience of GCSE Design and Technology and strengthens learners’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.
Combining knowledge and understanding with practical skills, activities are designed to provide breadth in creative learning and depth in the application of practical and transferable skills. Students develop design solutions, communicating them through a range of strategies including computer-aided design and modelling. Products are made using a range of materials and processes, both modern and traditional; considering the client’s needs and wider issues such as sustainable and responsible design.
Students have the opportunity to link their practical work to the commercial market with links to clients such as IKEA. This experience allows students to gain insight into a large company philosophy and the implications of mass production on products they design. The course provides an excellent foundation for students looking towards a career in the wide area of design and manufacturing such as engineering, product design or product development and architecture. This A level compliments mathematics, the sciences and art.
Exam board: OCR
Essential Entry Requirements: Grade B or above in GCSE Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Product Design, Electronic Products or Systems and Control.
Preferred Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE English and GCSE Maths, but we will consider students with a Grade 5 in GCSE English and Maths if their GCSE grades in other subjects are sufficiently strong.
Pre-Course Material: This can be found here.
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
Written examination worth 50% of the qualification.
Component 2: Independent Iterative Design and Make Project
Non-examined assessment worth 50% of the qualification.
The ‘Iterative Design Project’ requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate.
Trips may include visits to the design museum in London and the Mini plant in Oxford. These will be run on a voluntary contribution basis.
Students will also be asked to make a contribution towards materials for their major project and this will be dependent on the scale of their final product (up to a maximum of £30 for the year).