This course encourages students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of design problems leading to the development of high quality working prototypes using a multimedia approach. The outcomes are evaluated for commercial viability to build the candidates understanding of industrial practice and opportunities in the world of work.
The real life challenges will allow the students to demonstrate awareness of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact within design practice. Whilst creating innovative work and making effective use of CAD/CAM facilities such as laser cutting and 3D printing. This course is good preparation for a vast array of different career opportunities.
AQA Design Technology
Candidates undertake a range of practical projects that give them experience of different materials, and design techniques. The focus is on building up their skill base in a range of practical areas from CAD/CAM machines (laser cutters, 3D printing etc) through to traditional hand tools and graphical techniques. Likewise a broad understanding of what makes a successful commercial product and the stages between ‘concept’ and ‘market’ are introduced.
A variety of broad contexts are provided by the board. The candidate selects a project of their own choosing providing it can fit within one of these contexts. The candidate produces solution that takes the form of a design folio and a physical product.
The folio is marked under the following headings;
Candidates are examined on their understanding of materials, processes, industrial systems and their ability to produce design solutions within time constraints.
Examination Board / Code: AQA Product Design.
New specification for first teaching in 2017. The course is assessed across three areas:
Students study the historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology. Enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing wonderful products. They use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
The 2 year course is assessed by 50% NEA (coursework) 50% Exam, both of which are completed in year two of this linear course.