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Product and Technology: Product Design A Level at Lytchett Minster School

Course description

Product Design offers students opportunities to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of graphics and product manufacture in a range of material areas.

This course gives students a natural progression from GCSE Resistant Materials or Graphic Products and allows opportunities to continue their studies either exclusively or as a combination of specific material areas. Creative innovation in design is highly rewarded on this course.

Course content

In Year 12, as well as producing a portfolio of creative course work, the course covers a broad range of materials and manufacturing processes, with an emphasis on the life cycle of products. The theoretical element is, for the most part, delivered through focused practical tasks.

In Year 13, the course offers the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from Year 12. Students will also produce a major piece of course work based on a number of possible contexts set by the exam board.

Topics Covered

  • Design techniques
  • Material properties
  • Manufacturing methods
  • Graphical imagery
  • Digital design and manufacture
  • Fashion in design
  • Environmental issues
  • Energy types
  • Ergonomics in design
  • Product development and innovation
  • Industrial design
  • Corporate identity
  • Health and safety

Entry requirements

  • Ideally a minimum of grade B in GCSE Technology
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure


The product design specification offers an excellent and natural progression from GCSE Graphics or Resistant Materials.

There are 3 assessed units at the end of the course:

  • Paper 1 (25%) - 2 hour exam based on core technical, designing and making principles.
  • Paper 2 (25%) - 2 hour exam based on specialist knowledge, technical and designing principles.
  • NEA (non-exam assessment) - Substantial design and make activity of students’ own choice.

Future opportunities

Specific time is dedicated to give students the opportunity to look into following a career in the extremely broad area of design. Many students to go on to degree courses at HE institutions such as Loughborough and Bournemouth Universities. Our students have gone on to study Architecture, Engineering, Computer Animation, Graphics, Product Design, Landscape Design, Furniture Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lytchett Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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