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Product Design

Exam Board - Edexcel A Level

The nature of the course:

The Design and Technology (Product Design) course reflects the demands of a truly modern and evolving society, equipping you with design skills for the future. You will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world. In the independent design and make project you will, in consultation with a client, identify a problem and design context. You will develop a range of potential solutions which include the use of computer aided design and evidence of modelling. You will be expected to make decisions about the designing and development of the prototype in conjunction with the opinions of the user group or client. You will realise one potential solution through practical making activities with evidence of project management and plan for production. You will incorporate issues related to sustainability and the impact your prototype may have on the environment.

Course components:

Component 1: Principles of D&T
Written exam (2.5 hours) – 50% of the qualification Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project Non-examined assessment – 50% of the qualification

Future pathways:

Design & Technology: Product Design A level can lead on to careers in:
• Architecture
• Industrial or product design
• Engineering
• Graphic design
• Exhibition design
• Furniture design
• Interior and spatial design