WHAT IS THE COURSE CONTENT AND HOW WILL I BE EXAMINED?
Product Design encompasses the science behind materials, maths behind basic engineering as well as core practical skills. Within this course you will learn about the social, ethical and moral decisions designers and engineers face as well as investigating materials and their properties. There is a substantial design and make project within year 13 and students will refine their practical skills throughout year 12.
STUDENTS WILL BE EXAMINED BY: Exam (1): Based upon technical principals. It is a 2.5 hour exam and is worth 30% of the A-Level Exam (2): Based upon design and make principals. It is a 1.5 hour exam and is worth 20% of the A-Level Non-Exam assessment: Substantial design and make project. It is worth 50% of the A-Level.
“IN A VERY REAL WAY, DESIGNERS CREATE THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT; THEY MAKE THE THINGS WE USE, THE PLACES WE LIVE AND WORK, OUR MODES OF COMMUNICATION AND MOBILITY. SIMPLY PUT, DESIGN MATTERS. AND AT A MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY IN WHICH THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY HAS ISSUED SERIOUS WARNINGS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF OUR FLAWED DESIGNS – FROM GLOBAL WARMING AND WATER POLLUTION TO THE LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL RESOURCES DESIGNERS HAVE A CRITICAL ROLE TO PLAY IN THE CREATION OF A MORE JUST, HEALTHFUL AND SUSTAINABLE WORLD.”
ST NICHOLAS EXTRA:
Students are given one-to-one help during lunch time and after school sessions as well as access to extensive workshop and IT facilities.