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Product Design A-level at The Oakes College Cambridge (at The Netherhall School)

Course description

This creative and thought-provoking A-level gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative and engineering industries.  Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing products of their choice.

Course content

Component 1:  Principles of Design and Technology (examined content)

In this component you will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and production technology.  Like the modern designer, you will be required to have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products.  You will also study a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues.


Component 2:  Independent Design and Make Project (controlled assessment)

This component will be evidenced through the production of a portfolio.  Either individually and/or in consulation with a client,  students will be required to identify a problem and design context from which they develop a range of potential solutions and then realise one through practical making activities.


Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.


Over the 2 years, practical coursework is worth 50% and a written examination is worth 50%.



Future opportunities

An A-level in Product Design could lead to a career in Architecture, Engineering, Graphic Design, Product Design, Industrial Design as well as a range of other creative industries.

Further information

Contact Mrs L Heard for further information:

Delivery: Full-time


Open Evening:  17 October 2017

Application Deadline:   10 January 2018

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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