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Product Design (Graphics) A Level at The Leventhorpe School

Course description

Students in AS Product Design will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their skills in designing. This portfolio is split into three sections: Product Analysis, Product Design and Product Manufacture. In the Product Analysis section, they will disassemble and analyse the materials and production processes involved in an existing commercial product. In the Product Design section, they will use their understanding of design techniques to design their own commercial product and model CAD and Styrofoam prototypes. In the Product Manufacture section, they will use advanced practical skills to model a building or product, using a range of materials.

On the A2 Course, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. They must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design.

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE in any Design and Technology subject or Art


AS Product Design (Graphics) Examination 50% Coursework 50%

Students will sit a 1 hour 30 minute examination at the end of Year 12, based on a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

A Level Product Design (Graphics) Examination 50% Coursework 50%

The coursework is centred on a single design task. Students will identify a need and design a solution, taking their product from concept to realisation, culminating in a 3D modelled prototype and 2D graphic design. The design portfolio is worth 50% of the A2 qualification. At the end of Year 13, students will sit a 2 hour examination.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years