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A Level in Product Design at The Douay Martyrs School

Course description

What is a product? A product is anything you see around you; buildings, bridges, computers, furniture, games, toys, robots. You can choose an area that interests you and make a product or learn about how things work. It gives you the opportunity to be creative and scientific at the same time.

Course content

This course is made up of four units spread out over 2 years


Year 12

Unit 1 – Portfolio of creative skills

Unit 2 – Design and Technology in practice


Year 13

Unit 3 – Design for the future

Unit 4 - Commercial design

Skills learned in Key Stage 4 are built upon through more in depth projects. The design process is followed with a variety of different projects; Mechanical Toys, Electronic Sensors, Remote Control Vehicles, Interior Design and Furniture Design

Theory areas covered include: CAD/CAM, Environmental issues/energy, Project Evaluation, Mechanisms/Electronics, Materials and Processes, Engineering and New Technologies.

You will be taught to design products and how to disassemble and evaluate existing products using various drawing systems. A programme of visits and speakers will support this new course including, The Design Museum, The Science Museum and Guest Speakers from Industry.

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE Resistant Materials, Graphics, or BTEC Engineering.


Exam Board/Syllabus

Edexcel – AS 6RM01, 6RM02 & 6GR01, 6GR02

A2 6RM03, 6RM04 & 6GR03, 6GR04

Future opportunities

Product Design opens a lot of doors, for example a career as an Engineer, Graphic Designer, Landscape Architect, Product Designer, Architect or Interior Designer.

Further information

For further information contact Mr S Roderick, Head of Design Technology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Douay Martyrs School directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years