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AS & A Level Product Design at Cleeve Park School

Course description

AS: A substantial part of the syllabus content will be delivered through the design task with other aspects taught through a combination of practical experimentation and theory work.

The areas of study are:

Designing and Innovation- Candidates will develop their ability to design to solve problems. They will also develop an understanding of a range of external influences and demands which affect the work of product designers.

Product Analysis- This section is about understanding the requirements a product must satisfy, critical assessment of existing products and visualising new products in a context of past, present and future possibilities.

Making- This is about developing a wide appreciation of the range of materials and components available for manufacturing and an ability to use an appropriate selection in coursework.

Industrial Practice- This section is about being able to understand the various methods of production and being able to apply appropriate commercial practices in practical projects. The course is suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in design, product design, engineering or graphic design.


The areas of study are:

Human responsibility- this section is about acquiring the knowledge and understanding needed to support design activities through an increased awareness of the designer’s social, moral, ethical and legal responsibilities. It also allows candidates to explore the environmental and consumer factors which impact on designers.

Public Interaction- This section is about product design and its place in the market, for example how a design idea can be turned into a marketable product. It seeks to examine the factors which influence product design and looks at the role of marketing and market research.

Processes- Students will learn about a broad range of manufacturing processes.

Production systems and control- This section is about applying knowledge of production systems and control techniques to ensure the production of quality products.

The course is suitable for anyone wishing to pursue a career in design, product design, engineering or graphic design

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Product Design GCSE.  (Grade C or above in Resistant Materials would be considered on an individual basis)


Year 12 (AS) –

  • 1 exam, 1 project

Year 13 (A2) –

  • 1 exam, 1 project

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve Park School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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