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Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

Students are given the opportunity to develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. You will produce one portfolio with three distinct sections which will demonstrate your creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products. Depending on the route students are studying, their products must comply with the requirements of either a resistant materials technology product or a graphics product. This course has been designed to be as flexible as possible, offering students a wide range of valid approaches in producing their portfolio of creative skills.

In addition, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. You must also be aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for a future design. It is increasingly important that students develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practices.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone who has enjoyed and studied any of the following subjects or areas; Graphic Products, Resistant Materials or Product Design. It is expected that students will have achieved a grade B or better in these courses, as well at least GCSE grade 5 in English. It is possible to take this course if you have not studied these subjects but you will need a lot of determination and self-motivation and some proof of your design ability in the form of a small portfolio which must be shown to Mrs Saville before you can be accepted onto the course.

The A-Level in Product Design offers two pathways, Resistant Materials Technology and Graphic Products, each with its own specific content. The structure of the specification allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes, demonstrate their creativity and apply these to a design. The specification seeks to develop students’ knowledge and skills in designing products. They will also develop their research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation skills.


AS Unit 1 - Coursework (30%)
AS Unit 2 - Written exam 1½ hours (20%)
A2 Unit 3 - Coursework (30%)
A2 Unit 4 - Written exam 2 hours (20%)

Future opportunities

Advertising, Architecture, Construction and Building Trades, Graphic Design for magazines, Engineering, Interior Design, Art, Illustration, Game Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Teaching, Exhibition Designers and much more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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