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Product Design A Level at Aylesbury Grammar School

Course description

This course is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding learned during a GCSE Design Technology course. You will enjoy designing and manufacturing products using resistant materials which combine traditional skills, ICT and CAD/CAM. The Resistant Materials Technology course tends to focus on the areas of industrial design, engineering, furniture manufacture and general product design.

Course content

AS course:

Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills In this unit you will develop creative, practical and technical skills through 3 distinct activities; Product Investigation, Designing and Manufacturing. You will build a portfolio of evidence throughout the year which is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice In this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, processes and industrial and commercial practices used in the manufacture of products. This complements and is applied to Unit 1.

A2 course:

Unit 3: Designing for the Future In this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of modern design and manufacturing practices, contemporary design issues, the use of ICT and systems and control in manufacturing and the work of past designers in inspiring designs of the future. This unit also includes issues surrounding new technology and the environment and sustainable product development.

Unit 4: Commercial Design In this unit a commercially viable product is designed and developed. You will work in conjunction with a client to solve a design problem, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design situation and its resolution. A key feature of this unit is the consideration of sustainability and the impact of the students design on the environment.

Entry requirements

you will need a minimum of grade B, preferably grade A, at GCSE in Resistant Materials, Graphics or Electronic Products and a good pass in Mathematics.


Units 1 & 4 Coursework.

Units 2 & 3 Exams.

Future opportunities

Success could lead to Higher Education courses or other opportunities in:

 Furniture Design

 Industrial Design

 Interior Design

 Materials Science

 Mechanical Engineering

 Civil Engineering

 Jewellery Design

 Teaching

 and many more…………….check the school careers’ service and Design and Technology Department’s careers’ notice board

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

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