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A2 Product Design - Applied Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

This Applied Pathway Subject - Product Design offers you the opportunity to design the products of the future and to develop your knowledge of materials, industrial processes and creativity.

The course will also develop your knowledge and understanding of products and to appreciate the complex relationships between design, materials, advertising, manufacturing, processes and marketing. The practical problem solving process in this course will encourage independent learning and innovation. 

Course content


Unit 1: Exam paper 1: Core technical principles and making principles (2 hour written exam)

metals, plastics, woods, smart materials, components, Materials and applications, knowledge of comparative material tests, methods for investigating and testing materials and their properties,

Unit 2: Exam Paper 2: specialist, knowledge, technical and designing and making principles (2 hour written exam)

Product analysis, approach to design, ergonomics and anthropometrics, safety, materials, industrial process, patenting, manufacturing, environmental considerations, Design movements and key designers, CAD, CAM


Unit 3: Practical outcome (NAE)

Students follow a portfolio approach working through a range of technical, design and making principles to produce a project and a final prototype.

Entry requirements

An average of 4- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 3s and 4 grade 4s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths

At least a grade 4 or 5 (TBC) in GCSE Graphics Products or Resistant Materials, along with the necessary work ethic and time commitment



A2: 50% theory / 50% practical

25% Exam - paper 1

A two hour exam based primarily on materials and components.

25% Exam – paper 2

A two hour exam based primarily on materials and components.

50% Coursework – Unit 3

Learning through Designing and Making

Future opportunities

Product Design develops pupils’ skills in problem solving and creativity and enables pupils to become independent learners. These skills can be applied to a variety of professions both within the design industry and further afield. These can include: graphic design, product design, architecture, interior design, engineering, industrial design.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Sixth Form Department: or Tel: 01628-625308 ext. 651


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: APPD19
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