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Design & Technology: Product Design (3D) - A Level AQA


This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on desging and technology whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real
understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside gaining the knowledge and skills sought by higher
education and employers.

Year 1
Exam:
Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.
Additional specialist knowledge.
Non-exam assessment (Coursework):
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.
Single design and make project. Context set by AQA.
Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. Recommended 35 pages.

Year 2
Exam:

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles
Non-exam assessment (Coursework):
Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and
additional specialist knowledge.
Substantial design and make task, with a written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Taught Through:
Practical sessions; design-based projects; theory sessions; student presentations; industrial visits; visits by designers;
international visits.

What could you be?
Product Designer; Design Engineer; Model Maker; Architect; Industrial Designer; Interior Designer.
Where could you go?
Most universities run Product Design courses. Locally Bournemouth and Bristol both have colleges and universities running relevant design degree courses.
Recent student destinations:
Bournemouth University; Bristol University (UWE); Brunel University; Art University College at Bournemouth and Plymouth University.

Entry Recommendations:
Minimum Grade 6 in D&T GCSE for specific subject: other D&T subjects by agreement.

Assessment:
Year 1:
- 1 Written Exam
- 1 Piece of Coursework
Year 2:
- 1 Written Exam
- 1 Piece of Coursework

Course Co-ordinator:
Rene Lawson
Tutors:
Rene Lawson
lawsonr@budmouth.dorset.sch.uk
Teresa Smale
smalet@budmouth.dorset.sch.uk
Matt Walker
walkerm@budmouth.dorset.sch.uk

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