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A Level Product Design at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

This course is ideal for students wishing to combine theory and practical activities within a design setting. Candidates will have the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas. Student will be required to:

  •  initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes;
  •  develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials;
  •  develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials;
  •  develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.


Course content

This dynamic course will look in depth at the role of the designer, the use of modern materials and digital media and utilising CAD/CAM technologies to design and manufacture new and existing products.

Entry requirements

GCSE DT or Product Design grade B or higher.


The AS/A Level will be accessed via 2/4 units respectively. There will be one piece of controlled assessment in each year and one public examination.

Year 1 Unit 1: Advanced Innovation Challenge. Candidates take part in a timed design challenge based on a pre-released theme, under examination conditions. The challenge consists of a design, and modelling exercise recorded in a workbook. A written reflection paper is completed at a later date. The challenge and reflection paper are held in the centre and are marked externally by OCR

Unit 2: The Product Study. Candidates should carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. This is a coursework component that is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

Year 2

Unit 3: Design, Make and Evaluate, candidates are required to produce a portfolio and product. The project is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

Unit 4: Product Design is a written paper that consists of two components. Candidates are able to select questions across the focus material areas if they wish.

Future opportunities

This course is the perfect stepping stone towards any design-based career, and is particularly appropriate for creative students interested in digital media, fashion, advertising and product design as it develops the essential skills needed to meet the demands of these constantly evolving industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ricards Lodge High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.