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A Level Product Design - Graphic Products or Resistant Materials at Ousedale School

Course description

All of us come across situations where there is a problem to which we would like a solution. Often the answer is to go out and buy something. Sometimes, lack of money or the wish to have a try, leads us to think of ways of overcoming the problem by putting something together ourselves as a solution. If you have enjoyed creating products at GCSE level in Food, Textiles, Art, Graphics, Systems and Control or Resistant Materials, if developments in technology have interested you...this is the course for you.

Course content

AS LEVEL ( Year 1 )
UNIT 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills
This unit gives students the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. The students must produce one portfolio with three distinct sections. Each section will take the form of a separate smaller project. The three projects are focused on product investigation, product design and product manufacture.

UNIT 2: Design and Technology in Practice This unit covers the knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times. These areas will help students develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured.

A2 LEVEL ( Year 2 )

UNIT 3: Designing for the Future
This unit will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and design issues. Students will look at ICT and systems control in designing and manufacturing. Sustainability is a key feature of this unit.

UNIT 4: Commercial Design Students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work. The outcome should have a real commercial use and have a client or third party input from conception to completion. A key feature is that students must consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment.
The depth of knowledge and understanding represented and the quality of the 2D and 3D products will be of a higher level than at AS level.


Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level Minimum Grade B in either GCSE Art, Resistant Materials or Graphics or Minimum of a Merit in BTEC Construction


Coursework: 60%
Examination: 40%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years