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Product Design (Graphics) AS & A Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College

Course description

The Design and Technology specification is designed to offer students the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture in a range of material areas including: Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics.

Course content

Year 12
Advanced Innovation Challenge - Students take part in a timed design challenge based on a pre-released theme, under examination conditions. The challenge consists of a design, and modelling exercise recorded in a workbook. A written reflection paper is completed at a later date.
The product study consists of product analysis and product development, prototype modelling and testing. This task does not involve the complete redesign of an existing product, but to identify opportunities for its further development or enhancement.

Year 13
Design, Make and Evaluate – Students are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product that fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills, using creativity, flair and innovation. The coursework consists of designing, making and evaluating a product, a marketing presentation and review and reflection. Product Design is a written paper that consists of two components. Students are able to select questions across the focus material areas if they wish.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is that a student must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.


  • The ‘Principles’ exam paper - I hour 30 minutes -26.7% of A Level
  • ‘Problem Solving’ exam paper -1 Hour 45 minutes – 23.3% of A Level
  • A Level Product Design Coursework – 50% of A Level

Future opportunities

Due to the diversity of this course, students are able to access a wide range of Art and Design courses at degree level including product design, fashion, textiles, graphics, illustration, furniture design, 3D design, vehicle design and many more. These courses are available all over the UK and even worldwide.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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