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Design Technology - Product Design/Resistant Material AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School

Course description

Course Overview
The course is based on the concept of ‘learning by
doing’ and practical work is the major component
of lesson time at LSS in both AS & A2 and extremely
high quality products are vital. However, in order to
evidence your design work and study you will compile
a substantial portfolio of evidence in both years and
this does require a high degree of commitment and
sophisticated project management skills. Managing
concurrent short, medium and long term targets is one
of the keys to success as well as a valuable life skill.

Course content

You can expect to:

In AS: Develop your creative, technical and

practical skills by completing 3 distinct tasks.

• Product Investigation – a detailed evaluation of an

existing commercial product identifying all the design,

performance and manufacturing considerations.

• Extend your creativity by designing and CAD

modelling a practical response to a given design brief,

e.g. a desk or table lamp.

• Further develop your practical skills in making at

least 2 challenging practical projects including an

engineering-based one and a woodwork-based



In A2: Complete a single major project consisting

of a practical outcome and an A3 folder illustrating

the complete design process. This is a free choice

for students but must be a potentially commercial

product for an identified client/target user group.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE D&T.


60% Coursework, 40% Exams.


Future opportunities

Where does it lead?

One of the brightest spots in the UK economy at the

moment is in high tech manufacturing and the creative

arts generally. Good design graduates are much sought

after and there are many satisfying and potentially

lucrative careers on offer. A good qualification at A Level

can lead to degree courses at some of the most sought

after Universities in the UK. LSS D&T students in recent

years have gone on to courses such as Product Design,

Architecture, Civil and Aerospace Engineering at

prestigious universities such as Loughborough,

Nottingham, Sheffield and Bath.

Further information

Other useful information

Can be found at the Edexcel website and many recent

exemplar projects can be viewed in the Gallery in the

Technology Centre.

Students’ views…

“The AS course really lets your skills grow and your

creativity flow.”

“Seeing your design ideas through from concept

to finished product is immensely satisfying.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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