Product Design - A Level

Further Details
Course Code
LA09152
Location
Deeside
Duration
Full Time, The AS qualification is taught in the first year of study. (40% of the course)The A2 qualification is taught in the second year of study. (60% of the course)
Department
A Levels
Start Date
05 Sep 2022
End Date
23 Jun 2023

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Course Overview
Product Design offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for you to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts. Product Design develops your interdisciplinary skills and your capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

You will design and make products using a variety of skills and materials, this could involve solving a real problem which you identify, analyse and research. You will develop and model your ideas then manufacture a prototype which can be tested and evaluated on completion.

The design and manufacture of your products will entail using both hand and machine tools. CAD/CAM could be used to model and manufacture parts of your prototype.
AS Level

DT1 20% 2 hours

Examination Paper – this paper will contain two sections which will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the subject content for one focus area listed under: 4.1.1 Designing and innovation; 4.1.2 Product analysis; 4.2.1 Materials and components; 4.2.2 Industrial and commercial practice. Section A questions require short answers: Section B questions require open-ended essay type responses. This component is externally assessed by the WJEC.

DT2 20% (approximately 40 hours)

Candidates will submit one design and make task which will satisfy the AS assessment criteria. This component is marked by the centre and moderated by the WJEC.

A2
DT3 30% 2½ hours
Examination Paper – this paper consists of three sections and will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the whole subject content of one focus area. Section A and B questions require short answers and Section C questions require open-ended essay type responses and will specifically address the subject specification content listed under: 4.1.1 Designing and innovation; 4.1.2 Product analysis; 4.1.3 Human responsibility; 4.1.4 Public interaction; 4.2.1 Materials and components; 4.2.2 Industrial and commercial practice. 4.2.3 Processes; 4.2.4 Production systems and control This component is externally assessed by the WJEC.

DT4 30% (approximately 60 hours)
Major Project Candidates will undertake a single substantial project. Each year the WJEC will set eight themes for the project, though candidates may also submit their own proposals for approval. The project requires candidates to demonstrate the integration of designing and making skills and knowledge and understanding. Candidates will submit a major project which will satisfy the A level assessment criteria.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above.
It is essential to have studied GCSE Design & Technology and have achieved a grade B/6 at GCSE level.
BTEC engineering / Food Technology are not acceptable as a substitute.

Should an A level applicant have or be predicted a grade D/3 in either GCSE Maths or English (and at least a grade C/4 in the other subject) then your application will be considered.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course.
Industrial design
Furniture design
Ergonomics
Teaching/lecturing
Automotive design
Designer craftsman
Prop/set design
Exhibition design
Freelance design
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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