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A Level Product Design at Sawtry Village Academy

Course description

At AS Level students study two units:

Design and Technology in Practice (Examination): Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.  The paper tests students on their theory knowledge.

Portfolio of Creative Skills: Students develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. 

At A2 the units are:

Designing for the Future (Examination): Students develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues.  The paper tests students on their theory knowledge gained during this unit.

Commercial Design: Students apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout the course.  They are required to design and make a product of their choice that comply with the requirements of a graphic product, adopting a commercial design approach to their work.  This unit provides opportunities for a client or user group to have an input into decision making.

Entry requirements

Average points score of 42+ and at least grade C in GCSE English and maths.

Product Design provides the opportunity for students to involve themselves in practical problem solving activities and relate knowledge and skills to that activity.  Students wanting to study Product Design to advanced level need to be really interested in designing, modelling, manufacturing and evaluating products.  It is valuable, but not essential, to have completed a Design and Technology course in either of the courses offered at GCSE.

Future opportunities

Many of our students continue to study the subject at university. This could take the form of Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Exhibition Design, Interior Design, Multimedia, Website Design or any of the many other branches of technology. Other students have been inspired to go directly into the industry using time outside of school to gain work experience as the first stage of their career.  A percentage of our Year 13 students also go on to do an Art foundation course for a year to further their design skills before going to University. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sawtry Village Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September