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Design and Technology: Product Design A level at Oaks Park High School

Course description

The course helps students to develop an understanding of the world of design and production, whilst fostering flair and technological capabilities. A Level Product Design will also instil an awareness of industrial processes/manufacturing techniques, as well as an appreciation of the responsibilities of designers and technologists to society at large. There is a focus on designing and innovation throughout the course, as demonstrated in the A/S exam, which is in the form of an innovation challenge, where students can prepare for their exam with a job bag of resources to aid their innovative thinking under exam conditions. 

Product Design combines well with the majority of subjects offered within the sixth form and is particularly useful as a practical complement to more theoretical areas of study. For example, there is clearly common ground with physics and mathematics for using formulae, along with scales of production and manufacturing issues lending themselves to business studies. Many of our former students have combined Product Design with Art to assist in the creative thinking for both subjects to explore creative concepts as well as helping to communicate thoughts on paper and in 3D. 

Course content

As well as using traditional teaching methods, students will analyse products to discover the merits and areas which need to be improved, record designs in both 2D and 3D and evaluate their successes. Following that, students will use the latest CAD software and CAM hardware to develop their designs and make their products.

Interacting with design is an essential part of the course, and as such, the Department will organise day trips to the Design Museum along with a day trip to the New Designers exhibition at The Business Design Centre.

The school has good links with The London Southbank University involving visits from lecturers on Product Design and Architecture delivered to support relevant principles. 

Entry requirements

Candidates wishing to study DT should have gained a GCSE Grade C in either: Product Design or Design Technology or a PASS in BTEC First Diploma/Extended Certificate in Construction. Candidates need to apply themselves to design thinking which is centred around products and their use by potential users. 


Unit 1 - F521 Advanced Innovation Challenge (lasting seven hours: three hours designing, three hours making and one hour for evaluation) 
Unit 2 - F522 Product Study (Analysis and Development) - a 30 hour designing and making coursework project. This will involve submitting 20 pages of work  
Unit 3 - F523 Design, Make and Evaluate - a 40 hour 'product design task' of the students choice. This will involve submitting 25 pages of work. 
Unit 4 - F524 Product Design (Written examination) 

Design, Make and Evaluate - a 40 hour 'product design task' of the students choice. This will involve submitting 25 pages of work. 

Future opportunities

Students who have studied this course in the past have gone on to follow a range of subjects at degree level that include product design, design management, advertising, furniture design, automotive design, architecture and engineering. The subject is almost fundamental for students wishing to study on an art and design foundation course. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaks Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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