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Product Design A2 level at Wren Academy

Course description

An interesting and varied creative course centred on design innovation. The content builds on your experience of Product Design at GCSE and provides a stimulating and practical course in four distinct units.

The course aims to develop your critical and problem solving skills long with your financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills. You will develop your understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials. You will be required to initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes using your imagination and ability to innovate.

Course content


Unit 1 Advanced Innovation Challenge

Externally set by OCR. The Advanced Innovation challenge is a design challenge assessing candidates’ ability to design and model a product and then reflect on their design concept. Marks will be awarded for innovation and originality.

Unit 2 The Product Study

Internally set and assessed. The Product Study is a coursework unit. It consists of product analysis and product development, prototype modelling and testing.


Unit 3 Design, Make and Evaluate

Candidates are required to produce a coursework portfolio and product that fully demonstrates their designing, making and evaluation skills using creativity, flair and innovation and that can be assessed against the assessment criteria. The coursework consists of designing, making, and evaluating a product, a marketing presentation, and a review and reflection. This unit is intended to draw upon and develop skills learnt in other units.

Unit 4 Product Design

This is a written paper that consists of two components. Component One relates to materials. Component Two assesses the abilities of candidates to make immediate design thinking responses to a given situation.


Entry requirements

Product Design GCSE, minimum B grade.


  • Units 1 and 4 are taken in the Academy and assessed externally by OCR.
  • Units 2 and 3 are submitted as an ePortfolio, assessed internally and moderated by OCR.
  • The AS1 course is worth 50% of the final A2 grade.

Future opportunities

Your abilities to project manage and problem solve will be stretched whilst thinking creatively. Product Design provides key transferrable skills such as resourcefulness, self motivation and decision making These are essential to work in such as Design (including graphics or illustration, product or web design, fashion or textiles, building design and photography or interior design) architecture and engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years