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Product Design AS/A2 at Rednock School

Course description

You will learn how to work both independently and in groups to solve design problems. You will get a deeper understanding of how materials are used and their application in the real world. You will develop practical skills and create products that are of a high quality.

Product Design comprises four units and contains an Advanced Subsidiary subset of two AS units.

The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is the first half of the GCE course and consists of Units 1 and 2. It may be awarded as a discrete qualification or contribute 50 per cent of the total Advanced GCE marks.


The full Advanced GCE award consists of the two AS units (Units 1 and 2), plus two A2 units (Units 3 and 4) which make up the other 50 per cent of the Advanced GCE. Students wishing to take the full Advanced GCE must, therefore, complete all four units.

Unit 1; Portfolio

Students will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate their creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making product(s). The three distinct sections have been adopted as students are not being asked to perform one large design and make exercise but three smaller and more focused tasks which build up to provide a detailed portfolio of their skills.

Unit 2; Written Exam

In this unit, students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured.

Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times. The knowledge and understanding students develop in this unit can be easily applied to their Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills.

Entry requirements

A reasonable level of competence in this subject by achieving a minimum grade ‘C’ at GCSE. A minimum grade of a ‘C’ or above in English at GCSE is also required and preferably Maths at ‘C’ or above.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rednock School directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years