Design and Technology (3D Product Design): A-Level

Course Description
A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The specification provides students with the opportunity to design and make a product (or in the case of AS, a number of smaller products) in both years of the course.
The course has 50% coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject. This specification has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology.
 
Course Outline
 
AS Level
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project
 
A Level 
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project
 
 
Course Assessment
 
2-hour Written exam: 50% of the Qualification
 
Principles of Design and Technology
Component 1: Content overview 
Topic 1: Materials 
Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials 
Topic 3: Processes and techniques 
Topic 4: Digital technologies 
Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products 
Topic 6: Effects of technological developments 
Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment
 
Assessment overview:
The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions. as well as extended-writing questions focused on: o Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others o Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts
 
Non-Examined Assessment: 50% of the qualification
 
Component 2: Content overview
Independent Design and Make Project
Students are required to analyse a given contextual challenge on an individual basis, selecting a problem to focus on, they develop a range of potential ideas and then realise one through practical making activities. 
Students will develop a range of potential solutions which include the use of computer aided design and evidence of modelling.
Students will realise one potential solution through practical making activities.
Students will incorporate issues related to sustainability and the impact their prototype may have on the environment.
Students are expected to analyse and evaluate design decisions and outcomes for prototypes/products made by themselves and others.
Students are expected to analyse and evaluate of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.
 
Assessment overview:
The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. 
Students to undertake a small-scale design, make and evaluate project in response to a realistic contextual challenge set by Pearson, taking into account the needs and wants of the user.
Contextual challenge is set no earlier than June 1st in the calendar year preceding the year in which the qualification is to be awarded.  
The project will consist of a portfolio and a prototype.  
There are four parts to the assessment: 
Part 1: Identifying opportunities for design Investigation of needs and research and production of a specification 
Part 2: Designing a prototype Producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a final design, review of development and final idea and communication of design ideas 
Part 3: Making a prototype Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy
Part 4: Evaluating own design and prototype Testing and evaluation.
 
Career Opportunities
3D design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD for industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering. 
 
Progression to University
Continued study of Product Design or Industrial Design at degree level. Also the potential to refine your love of design to specific degrees such as furniture Design or automotive engineering, and potentially interior design.
 
Please note this specification is subject to change as it is awaiting full accreditation by Ofqual.