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AS/A2 Product Design at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

This course is designed for students who aspire to be the next generation of people who think creatively and apply ideas realistically and technologically. Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Course content

You will:


· Develop an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials.

· Understand how these materials are used in specific applications.

· Understand the term ‘Life cycle’ and its relevance in the manufacture of products.

· Understand how materials can be moulded and manipulated to create products.

· Develop knowledge of the Health and Safety issues when working with materials and equipment.

· Learn about the use of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM).

· Learn about the use of basic Quality Control methods (QC) and how these can be used to provide Quality Assurance (QA).

· Begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: Environmental sustainability, Ergonomics and Anthropometrics.

Entry requirements

Grade B pass in Art or Design subjects at GCSE


At AS Level there are 2 Units:


· PROD 1: Materials, Components and Application (Worth 50% of AS and 25% of A Level) - 2 Hour Written Paper.


· PROD 2: Learning Through Designing and Making (Worth 50% of AS and 25% of A Level) - Coursework (approx. 50 hours).



At A2 Level there are 2 Units:


· PROD 3: Design and Manufacture (Worth 25% of A Level) -


· 2 Hour Written Paper


PROD 4: Design and Making Practice (Worth 25% of A Level) 

Future opportunities

The course would provide further progression into careers such as:


· Engineering and Architecture.

· Manufacturing and Production.

· Designing and Buying.

· Technical and Technological support.

· Buying and Merchandising.

· Inventing and Entrepreneurial enterprise. 

Further information

You can expect:


· Lots of challenging work in the form of creative briefs, design and make activities (DMA’s) and focussed practical tasks.

· Theory lessons to build on knowledge and understanding.

· Homework to challenge your thinking and extend on your capabilities


In return you will receive:

· Lots of support from your subject tutors and specialist advice on all aspects of the course.


Product Design witll be taught at the St John Fisher site.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years for full A Level

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address: