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Product Design A Level at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

This A-level aims to give students access to the principles of design and teach them the ways designers think and work.

The course also demonstrates how products are developed for manufacturing with excursions to local manufacturers (of wood, plastic and metal based products), design studio and trade exhibitions.

Students will access/submit coursework via the school VLE and will have opportunity to use our dedicated CAD/CAM suite during independent study time. Students need to be able to work independently, adhere to strict deadlines and achieve high quality outcomes in all aspects of work. Students should have a keen interest in design and technological issues and be motivated to develop CAD/CAM skills.

Course content

This course will test your ability to design and model products and then reflect on your design concepts. Marks will be awarded for innovation and originality. It consists of product analysis, product development, prototype modelling and testing

Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolios and products that fully demonstrate their designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation and that can be assessed against the assessment criteria. Coursework consists of designing, making, and evaluating a product and a review and reflection. These units are intended to draw upon and develop skills leant throughout the course.

At the end of the course you will sit a written paper. Candidates will be able to select questions across the range of focus material areas. This written/Designing exam will focus on core learning and responses to a given design situation.  

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 A*-C GCSEs

Grade C or above in GCSE Design & Technology or Art & Design is desirable.


You will be assessed in various modules throughout the 2 years of the course and will sit a final summative exam. All of these mark will aggregate to from you final grading.

Future opportunities

3D design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there's product or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD for industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

Careers that this course could lead to:

Architect - Graphic Designer - Product Designer – Engineer - Interior design- Project Manager- Design Director - Art Director - Packaging Designer - 3D Designer- Freelance Designer  - Creative Director- Web Designer  - Entrepreneur – Stage Designer  - Film Props Engineer  - Exhibition Designer

Further information

Please contact  Mr Smith in Technology at Ralph Thoresby School.

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: 17 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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