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Product Design A Level at Alderman White School and Language College

Course description

As part of the course you will face some serious design challenges. You will expand on your existing knowledge of the design process and you will be involved in some interesting design challenges like: Can you design a better disposable razor?

Course content

Your design skills will be developed and you will be taught how to make prototype models from various resistant materials such as, paper, card, Styrofoam, polymorph (smart material) and other high quality products within your chosen specialist area.

You will also be shown how to use 2 and 3 Dimensional drawing packages using CAD (Computer aided drawing). These will be used when constructing and prototyping your design proposals. You will then be able to output your design drawings using CAM (Computer aided manufacture) to a CO2 laser machine which will cut out your prototype using various materials such as wood, plastic, card, denim, etc.


There are four elements of the course which will be externally assessed over the 2 year period.

Advanced Innovation Challenge requires candidates to work with various resistant materials to design, model, analyse and make a practical prototype from a stipulated design brief. This is a 6 hour design and make challenge under examination conditions. This work is moderated externally by OCR.

The Product Study is a coursework unit. This involves designing, researching, experimenting and trailing your designed product. Evidence through digital pictures is collected using Microsoft ‘PowerPoint’. This is internally marked and externally moderated by OCR.

Design, Make and Evaluate is a coursework unit. This is produced using Microsoft ‘PowerPoint’. This is internally marked and externally moderated by OCR.

Product Design is an externally marked written examination paper. The subject material covered in the examination is: Materials, components and their uses, manufacturing processes, industrial and commercial practices.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alderman White School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 08 July 2015

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    • Bramcote College is the Post-16 provider for The White Hills Park Federation Trust. However the College is also open to other students from outside the Federation. The College aims to meet the needs of all students within the Federation; although the majority of courses at the College are traditional A-Levels, the college does provide alternative routes at both GCSE level and A-Level in the form of BTEC qualifications. We also aim to provide a very personalised system both in terms of the curriculum we offer and the guidance we provide. In order to achieve this both teaching and tutor groups are kept small; therefore offering more individual tuition to our students.

      We believe that the success of the College rests upon three things: the progress our students make in terms of each individual reaching their potential, how many students complete their courses, and also our success in ensuring all students achieve their favoured destination whether this is higher education, training schemes or embarking on their future career. We are proud of our most recent successes, including students who have gone on to study subjects such as Medicine, Law and Teaching at a variety of The Russell Group of Universities.

      As part of the successful 2011 OFSTED inspection, the following comments were made in the report :-

      • "In the Sixth Form, strong leadership has been successful in creating a clear sixth form identity..."
      • "Higher attaining students make far better progress than students of similar abilities across the country"
      • "Lessons are characterised by teachers who are able to excite students with the subject being taught"

      Of course time in the Sixth Form is also about personal development. Our students play an active part in leadership programmes and organising activities for younger students; for example the College students act as House Captains for the Federation House system.