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This course will provide students with the opportunity to be creative and innovative as they develop new products. Students will develop knowledge of the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing.

This A level explores new and existing technologies. In order to provide students with a relevant knowledge of industrial techniques. Students will have access to workshops that are fully equipped with the latest tools including CAD/CAM facilities.


Year 12 Outline:

Unit 1: Two hour written exam (50%) – May/June

Looking at a wide range of everyday products, you will learn to identify how they have been made and what materials have been used. You will study how shape, size, colour and function are influence by how humans interact with products.

Unit 2: Coursework Portfolio (50%) – September to April

You will produce a number of short projects which include research, design, development, manufacture and evaluation. Folder work will be produced using Microsoft PowerPoint, three dimensional objects will be manufactured using a range of materials and skills.

Year 13 Outline:

Unit 3: Two hour written exam (50%) – June/July

A deeper knowledge of products will be gained along with an understanding of modern technologies and human needs. You will learn about ergonomics, style, product psychology and environmental issues as well as how design history influences today’s products.

Unit 4: Coursework Portfolio (50%) – September to May

A comprehensive and sophisticated major project willbe undertaken that addresses the specific needs of a real client. The content will be your own choice and has much more freedom in the materials and processes used to manufacture a fully working product.

How will my work be assessed?

Coursework is internally assessed by your teacher and then externally moderated by the exam board. Exams are externally marked.

What extra support/enrichment activities might be offered?

Extra support sessions are offered for those who need extra support or wish to push themselves further in their studies. Local and national design competition briefs are offered to all students.

Will I need any specialist materials or equipment?

Basic equipment and paper are provided as part of the course. You will, however, need to bear the cost of the materials for your practical work and printing.

What other subjects combine well with this course?

Product Design is often combined with another Art subject as well as Maths, Physics and Business.

Where might it lead?

Product Design can lead to a wide range of university courses,including Product Design, Architecture, Automotive Design, Jewellery Design, Packaging Design and some engineering courses. Several students each year progress to apprenticeships or full time employment in practical fields such as welding, building and carpentry.