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Product Design A Level at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School

Course description

The product Design course consists of four units over the two year course. In the first year the AS consists of the Advanced Innovation Challenge and Product study. These units develop students awareness of product analysis and product development, prototype modelling and testing. It is not envisaged that the Product Study task will involve the complete redesign of an existing product, but rather identify opportunities for its further development or enhancement. This unit represents 30 hours work. OCR recommends a maximum of 20 A3 sheets for completing the unit. The Innovation Challenge provides the opportunity to develop detailed thinking skills and creativity through the innovation examination. The two A2 units consist of the Design, Make and Evaluate coursework element and the Product Design examination at the end of the two year course. These units allow the students to specialise in a particular area of interest. The Design, Make and Evaluate project should be of an appropriate level to allow indepth study within the time allocated, and be set within the context of an area of study familiar to candidates, selected from: built environment and construction, engineering, graphic products, manufacturing, resistant materials, textiles. The aim of the Product Design unit is not to overburden candidates with large amounts of factual information, but rather to give them a framework for analysing existing products that enables them to make considered selections of appropriate materials and manufacturing processes when designing for making.

Course content

A level Product Design will further develop your creative thinking skills and your knowledge and understanding of materials and their practical application in the real world. There is a shortage of people with Design Technology qualifications and therefore those who possess them are in great demand in many Business and Industrial areas as well as in Further Education. The ability to problem solve, evaluate and think analytically about real life situations are skills required in most professions.

Entry requirements

This course is most suitable for those pupils who have gained grade C or higher at GCSE level Design Technology. Students with grade B in other creative subjects will be considered at the discretion of the Design Technology Department.


The normal order in which the unit assessments could be taken is AS Units F521 and F522 in the first year of study, leading to an AS GCE award, then A2 Units F523 and F524 leading to the Advanced GCE award. However, the unit assessments may be taken in any order. There are no optional units in the AS GCE specification; for AS GCE Design and Technology: Product Design candidates must take AS Units F521 and F522. There are no optional units in the Advanced GCE specification; for A2 GCE Design and Technology: Product Design candidates must take AS Units F523 and F524.

Future opportunities

Product Design provides the opportunity to improve the quality of life for everyone around us. This course will enable you to develop an understanding of careers in Product Design, Architecture, Engineering and the Manufacturing sector. With a focus on practical work and site visits you will develop an understanding of how design impacts on our society and contributes to the global economy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Blanch C of E High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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