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Product Design at Prospect School

Course description

This course is for students who wish to continue their Design and Technology studies through a focus on Product Design. Textiles would be considered but not as a major focus material, i.e. student would be designing an upcycled chair with a creative textiles covering.
An attractive feature of the course is the production of a 3D design and make project which requires the solution of real design problems and examination contexts that assess design and creative ability. This course requires an ability to visualise, sketch, draw and produce models to communicate proposed solutions. ‘A’ level design encourages an awareness of economic, social, political, cultural, aesthetic and environmental issues relating to life around us.

Course content

You will learn to propose solutions using a variety of media including freehand drawing, presentation visuals, CAD and CAM, desk top publishing (DTP), photography, and presentations to an audience and prototype construction. You will also learn to take a project from concept to completion.
This will involve a process of ‘synthesis’ which is of a higher order than GCSE coursework. It will involve prototyping, testing procedures, modifications and recommendations. You will be expected to examine the implications for industrial production.
Your project can be undertaken in the materials of your choice provided that resources are readily available and meet assessment criteria. You will acquire knowledge about the working characteristics of a chosen group of materials and more general awareness of other resistant or pliable materials. The choice of materials available for study will depend on the popularity of choice of the majority of those applying for this course but may include a combination of Graphic Media, Resistant Materials and / or Textiles.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade 5 or above
  • A GCSE at grade B or above in a Design and Technology subject
  • Two other GCSE's at grade C or above


  • 50% Written examination
  • 50% coursework

Future opportunities

This course would form a good basis for further study in Design. For instance, combined with Mathematics and Sciences, leading to Manufacturing, Engineering and Architecture Degree courses, or with the arts to provide a foundation for Product, Fashion, Graphic or Interior Design.

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: 07 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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    • At Prospect we are committed to continuous improvement and the raising of educational standards. As a Specialist College in Sports and ICT we aim to build on our current successful practice of developing young people who are physically, emotionally and educationally healthy. The concept of ‘personal best’ is used to develop students who are determined to succeed with whatever academic, sporting or personal goal they set. We are very proud to be able to offer the widest range of learning options of any school in Reading, backed up by an excellent welfare structure. We encourage and project an ethos of mutual respect and support where the diversity of people’s backgrounds is used to enrich our community and everyone is treated with equal value and care. Staff are committed to working in partnership with students and parents to widen perspectives, raise expectations, give encouragement, offer guidance and help every child achieve their personal best. We celebrate and recognise all types of achievement to build self-belief and self-esteem and to create an enjoyable and rewarding learning atmosphere. We are rightly proud of our school and students and aim to give you a flavour of what we have to offer, but in order to fully appreciate for yourself the fantastic facilities and opportunities, I would encourage you to visit us to see the school in action for yourself.