Product Design AS and A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School
Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills (60% of AS Level grade 30% of overall grade) The portfolio consists of three equal elements of work:
1. Product Investigation: examining a product to see what materials it is made from, how it is made and how quality of the product is guaranteed.
2. Product Design: designing a creative and adventurous product, modelling a prototype demonstrating a wide range of presentation skills.
3. Product Manufacture: planning and making products demonstrating a wide range of practical skills.
Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice (40% of AS Level grade, 20% of overall grade).
This unit covers the underpinning knowledge required by a 21st Century designer; learning about a wide range of materials and commercial manufacturing processes.
Unit 3: Designing for the future (40% of AS Level grade, 20% of overall grade).
This unit develops students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The unit content is divided into four sections: ICT, Systems and Control Technology used in the design and manufacture of products; the contributions of designers from the past; the environmental impact of design; technological activities.
Unit 4: Commercial Design (60% of AS Level grade, 30% of overall grade).
This unit requires the application of skills acquired and developed throughout the course of study, to design and make a product of the student’s choice. The product should have a real commercial use, in that it should be useful to a wider range of users beyond an individual.
No specific entry requirements.
- Creative, innovative thinkers.
- Strong design and graphical communication skills.
- Enjoy the challenge of problem solving through design.
- Ability to manage projects to tight deadlines is essential.
Units 1 and 4 are assessed internally and then externally moderated.
Units 2 and 3 are assessed by externally set written exam papers, one per unit.
Students can further their studies to degree level in a variety of 3D Design areas (eg. Product or Industrial Design, Furniture Design). There is also the potential to pursue a career in Industry, Teaching and related careers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson Thomlinson School directly.