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Product Design at Calder High School

Course description

Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

The specification retains much of the content of the previous A-level specification and continues to provide students with the opportunity to design and make a product (or in the case of AS, a number of smaller products) in both years of the course.

The course has 50 per cent coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Course content


Unit 1 (50% of AS, 25% of A2) Written Exam on Materials and Components

Unit 2 (50 % of AS, 25% of A2) Coursework – A single substantial design and make project to be set by the school


Unit 3 (25% of A2) Written Exam based on design and manufacture

Unit 4 (25% of A2) Coursework. A single substantial design and make project to be chosen by the student.

Entry requirements

Minimum C or above in a relevant Technology area – Resistant Materials, Engineering, Graphic Products.

Future opportunities

Higher Education

Product design

Automotive Design

Eco – Design

Most Design based courses


Product Designer

Product Manager


Automotive Designer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September