St. Olave’s Grammar School celebrates a stunning 96% A*/B grades at A-Level with a total of 75% of all grades at A*/A . Fantastic GCSE results too with 90% of grades at A*/A or the new levels 9/8/7 in Mathematics and English. 67% at A* level

A-Level Design & Technology

Design and Technology currently follow the AQA Product Design: 3D Design specification. Students wishing to study this subject need to have attained at least a grade A in this subject at GCSE. Students confirm whether they will be sitting the AS examinations or continuing to the full A-Level in the first half of Year 12.

The reviewed A-Level course for Product Design starts teaching in 2017 and specifications are currently under review.

It is expected the approved specification will follow a similar format to the current course, outlined below.                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                

PRODUCT DESIGN

Year

12

AS Units

 

AQA

PROD1

Unit 1

 

Weighting

50%

of AS Level

Product 1

Materials, Components and Applications

This is a written exam on materials and components knowledge, looking at modern manufacture and the design of commercial products. Section one and Section three consist of a compulsory limited response question and extended response question respectively. Section two provides a choice of two questions, where you are expected to respond to one of them based on your own material expertise. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

AQA

PROD2

Unit 2

 

Weighting

50%

of AS Level

Product 2

Learning through designing and making

This is an electronic portfolio coursework unit and consists of one large design and make assignment. It consists of a folder of 20 pages size A3, and a functional quality product designed for a specified user. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

 

Year

13

A2 Units

AQA

PROD3

Unit 3

Weighting

25%

of A Level

Product 3

Design and Manufacture

This is a written exam on materials and components, design and market influences and processes and manufacture. Students are required to answer three questions from two given sections. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

 

AQA

PROD4

Unit 4

Weighting

25%

of AS Level

Product 4

Design and Making Practice

Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolio that demonstrates designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation. The outcome an A3 electronic portfolio of work and a constructed product for a real client. Candidates will be able to specialise in Resistant Materials, Electronics, Graphic Design, Engineering, or Industrial Manufacture.

ASSOCIATED CAREERS

  • Structural Engineer

  • Civil Engineer

  • Biomedical Engineer

  • Special Film Effects Engineer

  • Robotics

  • Aeronautical Design

  • Formula One Engineering

  • Concept Designer

  • Industrial Designer

  • Product Designer

  • Entrepreneur

  • Automotive Engineer

  • Chemical Engineer

  • Research and Development

  • Marketing Executive

  • Website Designer

ENRICHMENT

  • Year 12 Careers Day

  • Institute of Education in London (Professional Designers Forum)

  • Year 12 V&A Visit – Product Design Workshop & Seminar

  • Brompton Bicycle Engineering Workshop

  • 100% Design visit

  • VEX robotics and WorldSkills UK