A level student wins Alton College award for Design & Technology

Cameron Copland, previously at Lord Wandsworth College won the award for a beautifully crafted chair he made during D&T lessons in the College's state of the art Sonardyne Centre for Engineering and Design Technology. David Forrest, previous teacher at the College, now owns FB Design (a bespoke furniture and cabinet making company based in Herriard), sponsors the award for the best A level (upper sixth) Design and Technology Project. 

David wanted to reward excellence in Design and Technology and the £250 prize is awarded for quality of design and attention to detail in the practical work. David presented Cameron with the prize on campus and discussed his reasons for choosing Cameron’s product. David said he chose Cameron’s chair from the great array of brilliant products produced by this year’s students because ‘it is tricky making a metal based product as metal warps when warmed so the consistency of the structure is difficult to maintain. Cameron has managed a concise and crisp finish on his chair and paid particular attention to the detail of the finish which I applaud him for. Some of the products were unfinished, so I am even more impressed with Cameron for finishing the project within the allotted time constraints, but for doing so with such accuracy and attention to detail.’ 

Cameron is going to study Industrial Design and Technology (Product Design) at Loughborough University and said he feels ‘delighted and honoured to receive the award from David.’ He explained ‘from start to finish this was a big project to get my head round and was a steep learning curve. Working with metal is difficult as there are all sorts of processes involved so I had set myself up with quite a challenge. It wasn’t an easy project and I faced lots of problems along the way which I overcame with a lot of trial and error but it was a fantastic learning experience. There was a really competitive vibe amongst the students so I was very apprehensive and it was definitely a surprise to learn that I had won. I am really pleased with winning as it gives me the recognition and confidence I needed ahead of going to university. Going to university is a big step and this award has helped to allay any doubts about whether I am ready to go.’

Find out more about studying Design & Technology here or visit us on our next Open Day, Thursday 5th October 3:30-8pm where you can explore our campus, speak to staff and students and find out about the New College Day and new enrichment programme.