When picking your A Levels there are many choices and many different options to pick. When I was doing my A-Levels I picked 4 A-levels. Product Design was my favorite of the subject and I would like to give an example of my A Level work.
What happens during my aqa as product design?
During your first year of your course you will notice a big step up from GCSE product design. The course will be broken down into 3 sections
- Materials and Components.
- Design and Market Influences.
- Processes and Manufacture.
You will not be taught these on there own but as a more ‘holistic’ overview. At the end of your AS you will create a project, in retrospect my AS product sucks, but the vision and ideas behind it were clear. My product was let down by the manufacturing technique (Ply Board).
What happens during A2? **Exams?**
For my AS project you get a lot more chance to explore deeper Ideas, along with a final year product you will also have a couple of exams. One in Materials, One in Electronics , one in mechanics and 4 hr Design Challenge type exam. For the design challenge you will get a brief at the begging of the exam, and you will need to create a product solution for the exam.
For my final project I create a new design of mountain board. Potential ATB.
For your final year project, I would reocmmend getting as much third party help as you can. You will most likley not have the training to weld, or play with epoxy resins.
After A levels, What I wish I had learnt during my time at 6th form.
- If you want to do Product Design, improve your sketching.
- Pay more attention to you basic electronics, stick with it and it will come in useful.
- Learn to Design before you Learn to CAD.
- Have fun, this will be the most enjoyable learning experiance of your life.
I would recommend checking out the AQA AS /A2 Design specification