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Design: Product Design A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

If you have an aptitude for innovation and think you could design a product that could take the world by storm then sign yourself up for a course in product design. This exciting qualification offers candidates the opportunity to explore and develop their creative potential and provides a springboard to a wide range of higher education courses and potential careers.

During the course candidates study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product manufacture via a range of focus material areas. Candidates will be encouraged 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.

 work within a material area of their choice (resistant materials, graphics or textiles)

Course content

AS Units

Unit One: Advanced Innovation Challenge (40% of AS mark) This module assesses a candidate’s ability to design and model a product and then reflect on their design concept. Candidates take part in a timed design challenge, based on a pre-released theme, under exam conditions. The challenge consists of a workbook, a modelling exercise and a written paper. Marks are awarded for innovation and originality.

Unit Two: The Product Study (60% of AS mark) Candidates carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. It is not envisaged that this task will involve the complete redesign of an existing product, but rather identify opportunities for its further development or enhancement. They will produce an A3 portfolio of 15-20 sheets. This coursework is marked in school and externally moderated by OCR.

A2 level (a further two Units)

In unit Three, ‘Design, Make and Evaluate’ (60% of the A2 mark), candidates produce a coursework portfolio and product that demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation. Their work will also include a marketing presentation, a review and reflection.

Unit Four is an examination.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE or their equivalent (including Design and Technology C or above or BTEC Engineering level 2 pass or above).



Future opportunities


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years