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Product Design A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description


Unit: 1 - Materials, Components and Application

Designed to give students the theory based knowledge for controlled assessment task along with the written paper. This unit is split into three sections:

Section A- Materials and Components

Pupils will gather a detailed understanding of a large range of materials, along with their applications and their working properties. Students will begin to analyse existing products and get to grips with CAD CAM.

Section B – Design and Market Influence

Students develop their knowledge of the broader issues for the designer. These include‐ environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design, consumer safety and new technologies.

Section C- Processes and Manufacture

Students build on their understanding of the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. Through study and first-hand experience in practical project work, students will also develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials.

Unit: 2 - Learning Through Designing and Making

This is the practical/coursework part of the first year. You will work on your own designs with a range of materials and manufacturing processes


Unit: 3 - Design and Manufacture

Section A - Materials and Components. While developing deeper understanding of AS level topics, students will look at the Design and Market Influences on a product. They will explore the evolution, selection and application of materials and they will discover the correct application of materials and components to suit specific production processes, from one-off to mass-production.

Section B – Design and Market Influence. Students will explore the major developments of technology, product life cycle, the design process, markets, safety legislation, communication methods, Illustration, selection and use of appropriate 2D/3D techniques, product development and improvement, quality assurance and quality control and the work of past and present designers.

Section C- Processes and Manufacture. Pupil explores the ICT applications in design, the various manufacturing systems, product development and improvement, and manufacturing systems.


Unit: 4 - Design and Making Practice

This is the practical, coursework part of year two. You will create a project and record the processes in various ways. Written (or electronic) design folder and Manufactured outcome. Candidates submit evidence of a single, substantial designing and making activity.

Entry requirements

5 A* ‐ C at GCSE including English and Maths. It is recommended to have Art or any Design & Technology (Food, Textiles, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Product Design) GCSE A*-C.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

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