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Edexcel A Level Product Design at Ormiston Horizon Academy

Course description

A Level Product Design offers two pathways, Resitant Materials Technology and Graphic  Products, each with its own specific content. The structure of the specification allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes at Advanced Subsidiary (AS),  demonstrating their creativity and apply these to a design and make project at Advanced level (A2).


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Course content

First year of course: AS level:

Unit 1 a Portfolio of Creative skills worth 60% - In this unit students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

Unit 2 Design and Technology in Practice - an externally set examination worth 40%

Second year of course: A2

Unit 3 Designing for the future - an externally set examination worth 40%

Unit 4 Commercial Design worth 60% - In this unit students are given the opportunity to design and make a product of their choice that comply with the requirements of either a resistant materials technology product or a graphic product.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve 4 A* - C grades at GCSE level. (Please note that subjects can only be counted once). Experience shows that successful students at A level have previously acquired at least a grade C in this subject at GCSE level. Studying a GCSE in Resistant Materials, Graphic Products or Textiles could be an advantage for the candidate.


Acceptance on this course is subject to a guidance review.


Students are assessed through design and make assignments; they are also assessed through externally set examinations in both the first and second years.

Future opportunities

A Level Product Design is a good subject for entry to such degree courses as BA (Hons) in Product Design/Graphic Design, Teaching Design and Technology at Secondary School. Careers in product or automotive design, architecture, manufacturing, advertising or engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year course

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