Whether you have thought about it or not, design is a part of everyday life. From the moment you wake up and prepare yourself for the day ahead, you are using products: from the item which sounds a waking alarm or helps you to style your look, to the furniture you use to sit and eat your breakfast cereal. The products we use to make our lives easier, more comfortable and safer have been designed by engineers, architects, product/industrial designers and furniture designers. The Design and Technology: Product Design A Level course provides design students the opportunity to develop their skills in preparation for joining this creative industry, exploring innovative design solutions for a variety of design contexts. 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 design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employer. NEA – Non Examination Assessments (coursework) The content of the task will be set by the exam board; students will write their brief based upon this. This will change yearly and will be set in the June prior to the year of assessment. We will prepare for coursework during the first year of A Level. The new A Level will have links to Science and Mathematics. Developments in the new A Level reflect ever changing technologies; this is an exciting time to be a part of an exciting change in the Design and Technology curriculum.
Grade 6 or above in GCSE DT or GCSE Art.
This course can be studied as part of the Valley Park Curriculum offer where students within the Valley Invicta Academy trust may avail of courses on offer in our partner schools across the trust.