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Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level at St Michael's Catholic College

Course description

The course is designed to teach students to:

  • initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes;
  • develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials;
  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials;
  • develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills

Course content

As level:
60% coursework – product study
40% exam – innovation challenge and reflection paper

The Product Study.
Candidates should carry out an in-depth product analysis of an existing product resulting in suggestions for improvements. The improvements are modelled and evaluated, students eventually deciding on a finished design.  This is a coursework component that is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

Advanced Innovation Challenge.
Candidates 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 challenge and reflection paper are held in the centre and are marked externally by OCR.

A2 level:
60% coursework – Design, make and evaluate
40% Exam – Product design theory

Design, Make and Evaluate
Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product that fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation and that can be assessed against the assessment criteria. The coursework consists of designing, making, and evaluating a product, a marketing presentation, and a review and reflection. This unit is intended to draw upon and develop skills learnt in other units. The project is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

Entry requirements

C or above in Art or a Technology subject at GCSE.


This is a written paper that consists of two components. Candidates will be able to select questions across the focus material areas.

  • Component One consists of eight questions, and each question follows a common format. Marking: 24 of the 36 marks are drawn from the core content and relate to the material focus; 12 marks are allocated to the specific material content from each of the focus areas. Candidates answer one question.
  • Component Two assesses the abilities of candidates to make immediate design thinking responses to a given situation. It is intended to be a discriminator in identifying those candidates who can effectively use their experiences and knowledge in designing and making.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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