From September 2017 Edexcel will have a new specification for D&T Product Design. The new specification will follow the principles of the existing course, but with a few tweaks to enhance creativity and manufacturing.
At AS Level the students will embark on coursework that offers opportunities to develop personal design and making skills to enhance their understanding of Product Design. In Component 1, they will investigate a range of materials, including characteristics of performance. Other important elements of the component are concerned with;
Component 2 concentrates on designing and making and gives the students the opportunity to create a prototype product. This is internally assessed and accounts for 50% of the marks.
The course culminates in an end of year written examination, lasting 2 hours. This accounts for 50% of the marks and is externally marked.
The second year (A2) is divided between;
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology. (50%)
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project. (50%)
In Component 1, students will be required to apply knowledge and understanding of materials, ICT, designers, health & safety, environmental issues, mathematical and scientific principles. Assessment will be carried out with an externally set written examination lasting 2 hours 30 minutes.
Component 2 requires the students to undertake a design and make project that creates a prototype from an initial design brief, in consultation with a client. Students will be encouraged to use their imagination and creativity to develop, modify and make products that satisfy a need. The final solution will be internally assessed and externally moderated.
Why Choose GCE A Level - Product Design?
Product Design offers students a great opportunity to develop their skills in designing and making, to create innovative products for today`s world. This A Level allows students to embark on a career path into many areas of design and manufacturing. Students can progress onto University or choose to follow a career in a range of manufacturing areas such as; Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Design, Automotive Manufacturing, Aeronautics, Construction or Architectural Engineering.
This qualification allows students to develop their appreciation of designing and how it impinges on our world today. It will enable students to enhance their understanding of modern technology and how the emergence of new technologies has changed our perception of environmental issues. This in turn has created a negative impact on the environment and we now must look to preserve the world in which we live in. By looking at conservation and sustainability, we can reduce the amount of waste material and limit the dependency on natural resources.
“There is no one right answer to be found. There are possibilities to be generated. You then design forward from these possibilities” - Edward de Bono.
“Good design is about looking at everyday things with new eyes and working out how they can be made better. It is about challenging existing technology”. - James Dyson.