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Product Design AS & A2 at Temple Moor High School

Course description

‘It is not the biggest, the brightest or the best that will survive, but those who adapt the quickest’ – Charles Darwin


Course content

This creative and thought-provoking qualification will give you the practical skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industry!

You will investigate historical, social, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put your learning in to practice by producing outcomes of your own choice. You will learn through a mix of independent research and evaluation, sketching and developing ideas and using practical skills to develop your understanding and knowledge to produce effective outcomes!

You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

You will develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas (such as Art, History and Business Studies) to inform your design decisions through the application or development of technology.


Entry requirements

GCSE D&T at 5 OR BTEC Construction at L2 Merit OR GCSE Art at 5

With English and maths at 4.



You will study the course over 2 years in which time you will develop understanding of technical principles, designing and making principles and be expected to demonstrate their application of these.

Paper 1 (technical principles exam)

2.5 hour exam (30% of A-level) with a mixture of short answer & extended response questions.

Paper 2 (designing & making principles exam)

1.5 hour exam (20% of A-level) with a mixture of short answer & extended response questions.

Section A – product analysis based on provided images of a product

Section B – commercial manufacture short & extended written answers

Non-exam assessment (coursework)

Design and make project (50% of A-level)

Written design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.


Future opportunities

Product Design could take you into a number of exciting career paths, for example:

Product design

Furniture and lighting design

Computer aided design





Automotive design




Further information



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: 18 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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