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Design and Technology - Product Design A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

“Design and technology is about making things that work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive fun activity.”

James Dyson

‘Designing’ and ‘Technology’ affect all of us in our everyday lives. D&T Product Design offers you the freedom to identify and solve real problems by designing and making in a wide range of contexts relating to your personal interests or other opportunities in the wider world. It prepares students for individualised learning and problem solving, which is essential in business, industry and our future.

Course content

Product Design encourages students to take a broad view of Design and Technology, to develop the capacity to design and make products with creativity and originality and to appreciate the relationship between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

The course covers the use of a range of materials such as paper and card, plastics, textiles, ceramics, electronics, timber-based materials, metals and smart materials. Students will also develop a variety of techniques for working with these materials.

AS (Theory)

  • Sustainability and the environment, product life
  • Social, moral and cultural issues, environmental issues, inclusive design
  • The human interface, aesthetics
  • Production technologies, scale of production
  • Marketing, commercial issues, fashion

AS (Coursework)

Students will carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements to a chosen product. This includes:

  • Product analysis and product development
  • Prototype modelling and testing

A2 (Theory)

  • Materials and Components
  • Design and Market Influences
  • Processes and Manufacture

A2 (Coursework)

Students are required to produce a portfolio and product. This includes:

  • Investigating Contexts for a Design/Make Task
  • Forming a Plan of Action and Clarification of a Design Problem
  • Development of a Design Proposal
  • Manufacture/Modelling
  • Conclusions, Evaluations and Recommendations

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


At AS Level the course is examined by two units (F521 and F522).

At A2 level the course is examined by all 4 units. 

F521: Advanced Innovation Challenge. Students take part in a timed design challenge based on a pre-released theme. The challenge consists of a design, and modelling exercise recorded in a workbook. (40% of AS, 20% of A2)

F522: The Product Study. Students carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. This is a coursework component. (60% of AS, 30% of A2)

F523: Design, Make and Evaluate, Students are required to produce a portfolio and product. This is a coursework component. (30% of A2)

F524: 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. (2.5 hour written exam 20% of A2)

Future opportunities

D&T Product Design gives you the opportunity to continue your studies at university after you leave school. It also provides a route into apprenticeship and employment. D&T Product Design is ideally suited to the fields of Architecture, Fashion, Product Design, Engineering, Computing, Electronics, IT, Jewellery, Manufacturing, Arts, TV, Textiles... and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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