Product Design at SLGGS is taught in one of the best equipped workshops in secondary schools with access to 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC lathes and other workshop based machines. Highly skilled staff teach young people to problem solve and develop new products with incredible commercial viability, with many students gaining places at the top design-based institutions.
Outline of the Course
This course looks at the design and manufacture of products with creativity and originality, covering a variety of practical activities with a product engineering focus. Students will develop designing and making skills looking at a range of materials, design issues, processes and manufacture and use of computers in design. We take students on a number of trips including workshops in London, furniture factory visits and a trip to see the BMW Mini Plant in Oxford. Our course regularly achieves one of the highest Value Added scores in A Level results at SLGGS and consistently achieves high grades year upon year. Students have access to one of the best equipped school workshops in the country, including a CNC cutter, laser cutter, 3D printers, lathes, sublimation printing etc as well as many, many machines and hand tools.
Students develop a range of products across 1 year in the form of a portfolio of design sheets and products such as a portable radio or a piece of conceptual furniture. Students should be able to design creatively, with skills such as drawing, rendering, 3D computer modelling and using technologies such as 3D printing will be taught early on. This allows the students to develop their skills through a variety of different projects, which is assessed internally. There is an internal examination component too based on Paper 1 which assesses core technical, design and making principles.
Using the skills learnt in Year 12, students have the opportunity to design anything, so long as it satisfies a chosen need or problem. Past projects have included: a wooden pushbike, electric guitars, chairs, bedside furniture, cots for babies, outdoor loungers, design for disability. Students are taught how to use a wide range of tools and equipment in our very well equipped design rooms. A portfolio of work is developed alongside a product. Paper 1 is assessed in Year 13, as well as Paper 2 which assesses specialist knowledge of technical design and making principles.
Students have gone to study at top universities such as Brunel, Loughborough, Manchester, UCCA, Nottingham and Bournemouth to name but a few, following respected careers such as Architecture, Product Design, Engineering, illustration etc.
Minimum entry criteria:
Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Design Engineering: DT
May be accepted on the course: 6 in Design Engineering: DT or Art
Careers with A Level Product Design:
Architect, Designer, Engineer, Phsyicist, Illustrator, Furniture Designer, Research Scientist, Artist, Teacher, Fashion Designer, Animation, Computer Software Designer etc.