KS5 Product Design

Product Design is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. This course will encourage you to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering your own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

You would benefit most from this course if you have already studied Design & Technology at GCSE and achieved a Grade 5, or an equivalent Level 2 vocational qualification to merit standard.

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
For the first course component you will study the “Principles of Design and Technology” which will be assessed through a 2.5 hour examination, contributing 50% to your final grade. The first component will cover the following elements:
– Materials
– Performance characteristics of materials
– Processes and techniques
– Digital technologies
– Factors influencing the development of products
– Effects of technological developments
– Potential hazards and risk assessment
– Features of manufacturing industries
– Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
– Current legislation
– Information handling, modelling and forward planning
– Further processes and techniques

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Product
Component two will be your “Independent Design and Make Product”. This will be a non-examined assessment (NEA) which will contribute 50% to your final grade. For this element you will produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which will consist of a portfolio of evidence and a final prototype product.

There will be four parts to the assessment, covering the identification of a design problem, developing the design, making the prototype and evaluating both the design and the final prototype.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in Design & Technology: Product Design can lead to courses in Design, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design.
Product Design can lead to careers in most areas of engineering including Mechanical, Electrical and Systems Engineering, as well as Product Design, Industrial Design, Production Management and Manufacturing.

KS5 Fashion and Textiles 

Fashion and Textiles A Level examines the social, economic, and technological elements which influence the textiles industry. Through studying this course you will gain an understanding of how market forces have driven consumer choices relating to fashion and the functional use of fibres and fabrics. 

You will benefit most from a GCE in Textiles Technology if you have already studied a textile subject at GCSE and achieved a Grade 9 to 6.

Through your studies you will have the opportunity to develop new and complex skills, work with a wide range of textile materials and equipment and become independent learners. You will be encouraged, with the support of your teachers who you will find approachable and willing to offer help and advice, to take responsibility for your own work.

Coursework is a large part of this course and there is significant use of ICT for research and presentation purposes.

A Levels have moved to a linear approach meaning that all examinations and assessments are taken at the end of the 2 year course.

Paper 1: Technical Principles (30% of final grade)
Paper 2: Designing and Making Principles (20% of final grade)

Non-Examination Assessment (NEA)
This will be a substantial design-and-make project consisting of a written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of your final piece.
An A Level in Design Technology: Fashion and Textiles will compliment subjects such as Product Design, Science, Mathematics, Business Studies, ICT and Art.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in Fashion & Textiles can lead to Higher Education and career opportunities in courses such as Textiles, Fashion and Interior Design.
Textile Technology can lead to careers in Management, Marketing and Sales, Advertising, Administration, Retailing, Design, Technical Manufacture, Fashion, Textile Design, Textile Conservation, Theatre, TV and Film Production and Fashion Journalism.

KS5 Food Science and Nutrition

If you enjoy cooking, have a passion and interest in food, want to develop your practical skills and experiment with new foods then the WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is the course for you. It doesn’t have to be a career choice, it’s also a life skill.

An exciting new course which will allow students to learn about the relationship between the human body and food as well as developing practical skills linked to experimental work and the cooking and preparation of food.

The qualification will be delivered over two years and is made up of three units.

Year 12: Meeting the Nutritional Needs of Specific Groups
This involves a 3-hour practical activity supplemented by written work and an externally marked written examination. You will demonstrate an understanding of the science of nutrition and nutritional needs in a wide range of contexts, throughout which you will experience ongoing practical sessions in order to gain a wide range of high level skills and produce quality food items which meet the needs of individuals.

Year 13: Ensuring Food is Safe to Eat
This is an externally marked case study and involves experimentation and written research. This unit allows you to develop your understanding of the science of food safety and hygiene; essential knowledge for anyone involved in food production in the home or wishing to work in the food industry. Again practical sessions will compliment the gaining of theoretical knowledge.

Optional Units: Experimenting to Solve Food Production or Current Issues in Food Science and Nutrition
Exploring one of the two optional internally assessed units will allow you the opportunity to study subjects of a particular interest or relevance to you, building on previous learning and experiences.

The WJEC Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition is assessed through a combination of a written exam, external assignment set and marked by WJEC and two centre marked assignments. You will be involved in weekly practical sessions, building on the skills and knowledge developed at GCSE (a GCSE in Food Technology is desirable, but not essential).

Future Study and Career Opportunities
This qualification can lead to further and higher study in Food and Nutrition, Human Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition and Food Science and Technology.
A wide range of career opportunities are available including careers within the food industry, Nutritionist, Product Developer, Sports Coach, Fitness Instructor, Food Manufacture and within Government Agencies developing food products.

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