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Design and Technology: Product Design A level at Hylands School

Course description

The specification offered is Design and Technology Product Design. You should develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. You will need to consider the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety. Graphic applications such as packaging, point of sale displays and model making can be followed within this course structure.

Course content

The AS specification has 2 units:

You will learn about:

  • Physical and mechanical properties in a broad range of materials and components;
  • Environmental sustainability, health and safety issues and life cycle of products;
  • Methods in which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products;
  • Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM);
  • Ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design and consumer safety.

The A2 specification has 2 units:

You will learn about:

  • Classifying materials and identifying, testing and comparing their application to product manufacture
  • The implications of Health and Safety as an element of design activity
  • Use of CAD/CAM for industrial production
  • Moral, economic, social and environmental responsibilities of the designer
  • Planning production procedures and methods


Entry requirements

  • GCSE subject specific grade required: GCSE C grade in Design and Technology or Art and Design
  • Due to Maths in exam—minimum grade C in maths and science
  • Pre-summer work required to be completed by students: Yes
  • Students who achieve lower than GCSE subject specific grade may be accepted at the teachers’ discretion.



Unit 1 is assessed via a 2 hour written exam worth 50% of total AS /25% of total A level marks.

Unit 2 is coursework of approximately 35 hours worth 50% of total AS / 25% of total A level marks. You will undertake projects to gain skills in working with wood, metal and plastics, these will be assessed via a portfolio of around 36 pages.


Unit 3 is assessed via a 2 hour written exam worth 25% A level marks.

Unit 4 is coursework of approximately 45 hours worth 25% of total A Level marks.

You will build on knowledge gained in AS to develop a final portfolio and prototype for your own product.




How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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