Design Technology - Product Design/Resistant Material AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School
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.
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.
Grade B or above in GCSE D&T.
60% Coursework, 40% Exams.
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.
Other useful information
Can be found at the Edexcel website and many recent
exemplar projects can be viewed in the Gallery in the
“The AS course really lets your skills grow and your
“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.