Sir William Perkins's School Sixth Form Prospectus - Other - Page 28
Exam Board: AQA
- Use of industry level machines,
tools and software.
- Trade and degree show visits.
- Work with esteemed jewellery
designer, Theo Fennell.
- Create design portfolios for
creative university courses.
The role of a product designer is to create ideas to improve the life of the intended user. This course is for creative,
reflective and inquisitive individuals who have an interest in solving problems which lead to generating original ideas and
solutions to improve the future.
Our aim is to nurture and refine practical and creative skills, enabling students to be innovative, independent, problem
solvers able to work to deadlines as required in the design industry. Students will foster an interest in the built
environment leading to the design of thoughtful, useful products, using the best and most appropriate materials and
processes working as individuals and collaboratively.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Project work: In Year 12 students will develop their designing, making and testing skills in a series of short projects using
different materials and processes, learning their working properties and pushing their limits.
Theory: Taught alongside the project work is the theory which where possible is explored in a practical way, learning in
depth knowledge of materials, manufacture design through time and new and emerging technology.
Non exam assessment: Students research a problem that needs solving in a creative way, they then research, design,
model, test, manufacture and evaluate a product in the form of design portfolio and practical outcome.
UNIVERSITY / CAREERS
This course can provide a springboard into careers in all areas of the creative industries from product design to
architecture. The problem-solving skills developed can also lead to careers in engineering. Students who have studied this
course have progressed to study crafts, ceramics, product design, engineering, architecture, fine art and jewellery design.
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Design Technology.
Component 1 NEA
Design portfolio and practical outcome, individual
brief selected by students.