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Design & Technology: Product Design AS/A Level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

This course is based around the understanding and analysis of modern products and will provide you with the opportunity to experience working with a variety of materials. The practical problem solving processes within the course are to encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation. If you have a good Technology grade at GCSE and enjoy finding out how things work, designing and making things, then this course will attract you.

You will be encouraged to take a broad view of design and technology, combining designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding to develop your capacity to design and manufacture innovative products, to create quality outcomes and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, environmental sustainability, manufacture and marketing.

Course content

Over the first year you will work on a series of tasks, building a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your ability to design, make, communicate and evaluate a range of products.All students are taught together as a group which provides a good balance of pior knowledge and experience. Students will learn about materials and processes, and develop an appreciation of the relationship between design & technology and form & function. 

During the second year students will work through a design process to realise a single product.

Students are expected to take control of their learning by using assessment criteria and the focus of each unit of work as a stimulus. They should develop their communication ability using CAD, ICT and graphics and use these skills to plan a series of outcomes. Students will be expected to work outside of lessons to extend their projects at home and within the department; this will normally be at least 4 hours a week. Set homeworks take the form of background reading, examination-type questions and production of folder work. Students are given a course book which is cearly divided into sections related to the terminal examination.

Entry requirements

In order to follow any level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • grade B GCSE Resistant Materials OR Graphic Products
  • plus at least 3 other subjects 

Please note we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until a grade C is achieved.



Unit 1: Two hour written paper on Materials, Components and Application.

Unit 2: Coursework (50 hours) Learning through Designing and Making


Unit 3: Two hour written paper on Design and Manufacture

Unit 4: Coursework (60 hours) Designing and Making Practice

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

Previously, students who have studied A Level Product Design have gone on to Higher Education or careers in the fields of Interior Design, Fashion & Textiles, 3D Design, Furniture Design, Automotive Design, Film Special Effects, Technology, Advertising & Media and Architecture.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years