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PRODUCT DESIGN A LEVEL (RPA) at Richmond Park Academy - RPA

Course description

Product design gives you the chance to get creative and innovative as you develop your design skills and learn about the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing. Covering all aspects of the design process, this A-Level explores new technologies. You will look at how the latest innovations are being used in the next generation of products and will have the opportunity to learn about and use CAD/CAM within your work. You will be expected to complete four units of work. Two pieces are coursework based and enable you to show skill in design and manufacturing. The two written papers will assess how well you understand the design process, relevant materials, manufacturing and technology.

Course content


  • Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections:   

Section 1: contains compulsory limited response questions

Section 2: offers a choice of one question from two

Section 3: contains one compulsory question

50% of AS, 25% of A Level, 2 hour written paper, 80 marks


  • Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

Written (or electronic) design portfolio. Manufactured outcome(s)

Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work.
50% of AS, 25% of A Level, Coursework - approx. 50 hours, 80 marks



  • Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections

Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section. Includes synoptic assessment.
25% of A Level, 2 hour written paper, 84 marks


  • Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice

Written (or electronic) design folder. Manufactured outcome.  Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity.

25% of A Level, coursework - approx. 60 hours,85 marks

Entry requirements

Design and Technology GCSE grade B or grade 6

Future opportunities

This course will give a good grounding in both design work and knowledge of manufacturing which could lead to careers in several areas linked with design and manufacture. Students may wish to continue onto a foundation degree in product design, which could further lead to a BA Hons in a design related subject such as Computer aided design, Graphic design, Fashion design, Engineering, Architecture among many others.

Further information


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond Park Academy - RPA directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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