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Product Design A Level at Teesdale School

Course description

Students choosing this A-Level subject will follow the AQA specification. There is one written exam and one extended piece of coursework assessed in each year. Each is worth 50% of the overall mark for that year.

Building on the knowledge and skills from the GCSE course students will be asked to further refine their practical skills and deepen and broaden their subject knowledge. 

Students will analyse and evaluate existing products, explaining the designers’ decisions for aesthetic and manufacturing decisions. Modern materials and manufacturing techniques will be discussed, evaluated and their application considered.

Students design and manufacture a high quality prototype which is tested by its intended target market. A range of craft, engineering and computer aided processes will be applied to make a product that meets a criteria developed by the student in response to research they have conducted.

An electronic folder detailing their exploration, testing, and design development, testing and manufacture is produced by the student and submitted to the moderator for appraisal.

In Year 12 the exam focuses on materials and processes, in Year 13 the exam is synoptic; a paper that tests the breadth and depth of the students’ comprehension of the world of design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 March 2015

Key information

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