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Design and Technology: Product Design A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

Our contextual challenges at AS will give students the freedom to take design risks and innovate in a situation where it is safe to test and refine ideas, giving them the confidence at A Level to further develop these skills in their own design brief with a client/end user.

Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.

Candidates should develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety.

Course content

Topic list:

  • Developing an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties in a broad range of materials and components
  • The broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture
  • Methods in which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products
  • Health and safety issues relevant to working with materials • Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM)
  • Ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety
  • The life cycle of products including manufacture, use and functional aspects and final disposal.

Entry requirements

WLA Sixth Form entry requirements and a minimum grade B at GCSE in any of the technology subjects or at least a merit level in BTEC Engineering. Students who have not studied a technology subject before will be considered on an individual basis.


Component 1: Written examination (Principles of Design and Technology) 50% of overall grade.

Component 2: Non-examined assessment (independent design and make project) 50% of overall grade.

Future opportunities

This qualification will enable students to:

  • Progress to higher education to study degrees in; Engineering (electrical, electronic, civil and mechanical), Product Design, Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Exhibition design etc.
  • Gain a level 3 qualification that will contribute to the points required for entry to a range of HNDs and degrees in related areas e.g. manufacturing.
  • Go directly into the workplace at technician level.
  • Gen 2 training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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