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Design Engineering


DEVELOP YOUR DESIGN AND THINKING SKILLS TO OPEN UP A WORLD OF POSSIBILITY, PROVIDING THE TOOLS TO CREATE THE FUTURE.

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

Have you ever wondered what designers actually do? Have you ever wondered how things move or work? Have you ever wondered how you can design products to be good for the environment? Have you ever wondered how a product continues to stay popular in the market place? Have you ever wondered how products are designed with the user in mind?

The content of this title is focused towards engineered and electronic products and systems; the analysis of these in respect of function, operation, components and materials, in order to understand their application and uses in engineered products/systems that have commercial viability.

During the two year course you will study a range of materials, you will develop a technical understanding of how products function and how they are made to appropriately support the design and manufacture of your own design solutions. You will learn about wider design principles and the affect of design on users and the world we live in.

You will identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products. You will develop your subject knowledge, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture.

You will develop a critical mind through enquiry and problem solving, exploration, creation and evaluation of iterative designs. We encourage freedom in your approach towards designing and making so as not to limit the possibilities of project work or the materials and processes being used.

The course requires you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. This content reflects the importance of Design and Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.

Course Structure

This is a two year course, with three units:

Unit 1: Principles of… A 1.5 hour exam paper which examines the core technical principles of design, manufacturing and systems. Worth 25% of the marks for the course.

Unit 2: Unseen Challenge A 2.5 hour exam paper which requires you to design a product to solve a real world problem and then evaluate its effectiveness. Worth 25% of the marks for the course.

Unit 3: Iterative Design Project A single coursework project which requires students to explore a real problem, design and create a solution and then evaluate its effectiveness. Worth 50% of the marks for the course.


 Progression Opportunities

You will gain skills that are useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study of design or engineering and in your personal life develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing a project.

You will build and develop on your knowledge and understanding from GCSE whilst also focusing in more depth on the areas of design and technology that most interest you. This allows access to a range of future careers in the design and engineering industries, such as in: product design, engineering, architecture, fashion and graphic design.

Progression Opportunities

Entry criteria should be a GCSE pass at C or above in a workshop based Design and Technology subject.



 

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