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Product Design A Level at Grace Academy

Course description

Studying Product Design will enable students to develop a critical understanding of design and technology; in particular the appreciation of the complex relations between designs, materials, manufacture and marketing. You will further develop the capacity to problem solve, undertake the entire design process and manufacture products targeted at specific markets and/or users.

Course content

Students with A-Level Product Design have access to a wide range of possible career and University opportunities. You will learn and use a variety of transferable design skills including presentation, development, and manufacture and planning.


Modules Year 1

Unit 1: PROD1 Materials, Components and Application (25%)

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections:

  • Section 1 compulsory limited response questions
  • Section 2 answer 1 question from a choice of 2
  • Section 3 one compulsory question

Unit 2: PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making (25%) 

Year 2

Unit 3: PROD3 Design and Manufacture (25%)

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections:

  • Candidates answer three questions: both sections have 3 to choose from and candidates must answer at least one from each section.
  • Includes synoptic assessments.

Unit 4: PROD4 Design and Making Practice (25%)

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A*-C in Product Design, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials are recommended. The ability to present ideas visually is essential.


AS/A2 Level

2 hour written paper & coursework.

Future opportunities

A Product Design A-Level is respected by many universities. The ‘live’ project work offers challenging design situations leading to the making of well-engineered prototypes. You will have the opportunity to follow your own interest, e.g. a sport or hobby, or work on project for local businesses.

Further information

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grace Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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