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A Level

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. This Product Design course will appeal to those students with a creative flair and a passion for designing using multi materials to create desirable and functional products. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. The course offers a wonderful opportunity to work on real briefs, with real clients to closely mimic industry practice. We acknowledge that some students may wish to take an A Level in Design & Technology, despite not taking any Design & Technology GCSE due to their personal Pathway programme. We will consider all applications that show an interest in furthering their career in Design and Technology.

Why study this course?

• If you want to study Product Design Engineering or Architecture at University

• If you are interested in a career in Product Design or another design area

• If you are interested in how products work

• If you want to develop communication and work place skills with real clients

Potential Careers:

• Consumer Product Design

• Product Design Consultant

• Design Research

• Project Planning


• Interior/Exhibition Design

• Advertising

• Graphic Design

• Architecture

• Engineering


Course Content

Paper 1

What is assessed?

Core technical principles and core Designing/Making principles

A mixture of short answers, multiple choice and extended responses.

How is it assessed?

2.5 Hour exam - 30% of grade

Paper 2

What is assessed?

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making Principles

Section A

Product Analysis - up to 6 short answers based on a visual stimulus of products Section B Commercial manufacturing - A mixture of short and extended response questions How is it assessed? 1.5 hour exam - 20% of grade Non-exam assessment (NEA) What is assessed?

Practical application of technical principles, designing and Making

How is it assessed?

45 hours to produce a student generated portfolio to aid the practical outcome - 50% of grade

Areas of course content

Materials and application and their effective use, knowledge of testing for mechanical properties, product life cycle, product development/ improvement, design methods and processes, inclusive design, ergonomics and anthropometrics, design illustrations/ communications, CAD and CAM, safe working practices, safety built into designs, feasibility studies, how modern designs and materials assist in today’s environment, protection of design and laws, enterprise and marketing,

Staff contacts:

Mrs G Wildman, Mr C Collier, Mrs M Speed, Miss Bird or Mr D Danby