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A Level Product Design at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

Course Outline:


Imaginative practical work is at the heart of this course. Students will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. They will explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core technical, designing and making principles for product design.

Technical Principles. Students will learn about the characteristics of the different materials and assess appropriate methods of enhancement, finishes and forming. They will develop the ability to discuss a variety of modern manufacturing methods and ideas, including the use of computer programmes and ICT.

Designing and making principles. Students will draw on and apply the range of skills and knowledge acquired from studying technical principles to inform their decisions in design, and the application or development of technology.

Non-exam assessment (NEA). Students will undertake a practical project, working with a real client and answering a live brief. Students will be responsible for project management, research and development, testing and manufacture along with quality assurance and quality control. Students will develop their analysis and evaluative skills in order to make feasible modification suggestions and record the evolution of their ideas in an A3 portfolio, including photographic evidence of their final prototype.

Entry requirements

GCSE Product Design Grade 4/5 5 GCSE's at Grade 4


Assessment and Exams:


Exams and Assessments:

• 50% exam (maths and science contribute 15%) for both AS and A-level, with two papers for A-level.

• 50% non-exam assessment (NEA) for AS and A-level.

Paper 1 Written exam: 2 hours 100 marks 25% of A Level. Questions: Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Paper 2 Written exam: 2 hours 100 marks 25% of A Level. Questions: Mixture of short answer and extended response questions, split over 2 sections: Product Analysis and Commercial Manufacturing.

Non-exam assessment (NEA) Substantial design and make task 100 marks 50% of A Level (40 hours)

Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. Exploration, designing, making, analysis and evaluation


Financial information


The cost is around £60 for A3 Sketchbook, drawing equipment, cutting equipment, adhesives

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

Essential for Design or engineering degree

Useful for all Creative degrees

Career Opportunities:

Interior Design, Product Design, Industrial Design, Multimedia Design, Engineering, Teaching.

Further information

For further information contact Boston Spa Sixth Form 01937 846612.

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: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year