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Design & Technology: Product Design PED at Invictus Sixth Form

Course description

Inspiring a future in Design and Technology – Drawing on authentic design practice and contemporary technologies students will be free to explore design possibilities that excite and engage them, giving a strong foundation for further study and developing thinking and design skills that will support them in any future direction.

Learning about design and technology at A Level strengthens learners’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real-world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values. OCR’s A Level qualification requires learners to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products.

Course content

During the course students will demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques whilst designing and manufacturing prototypes and products. Their final non examined assessment is the ‘Iterative Design Project’ which requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.

Entry requirements

Specific Entry Requirements for this course (in addition to at least 5 Grade 5s inc. English and Maths):

A keen interest in design with an ability to think analytically, creatively and have practical ability.


50% 2 x written exam papers- 1 hour 30 minutes/ 1 hour 45 minutes.

50% Interactive Design Project/ 65 hours non-examined assessment

Future opportunities

Students who study A Level Design and Technology can continue to study at degree level and pursue a career on a design course such as Product Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Automotive Design, Industrial Design, Architecture and Engineering.

Further information

Kate Hunter- Head of Design and Technology

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: OCR

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