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Product Design AS & A level at Stowupland High School

Course description

You will be studying the OCR Design and Technology Product Design syllabus.  

Course content

You will learn specific skills such as sketching, rendering, use of computer aided design, modelling etc, combined with an understanding of how these are used to design everyday products.  You will develop, test and trial solutions, use imagination and flair when working with concepts and materials.  

Entry requirements

At GCSE you will have enjoyed problem solving, being innovative and the opportunity to be creative in a variety of materials.  You will have managed your coursework well, meeting deadlines and enjoying using your initiative.  You should be able to communicate your ideas well through drawings.  YOU NEED TO BE A PROBLEM SOLVER. A person who looks at a problem with an open mind and can see countless possibilities for solutions.

You will have studied Design and Technology and have achieved success at GCSE level, at least a grade C. You could have studied ANY discipline at GCSE including textiles, graphics, electronics or resistant materials. 


For AS you will study two mandatory units which will make up 50% of the Advanced GCE:

Unit 1—Advanced Innovative Challenge

The Advanced Innovation challenge is a design challenge assessing students’ ability to design and model a product and then reflect on their design concept.

Unit 2—Product Study

The Product Study is a coursework unit.  It consists of product analysis and product development, prototype modelling and testing.


For A2 you will again study two mandatory units and together with the two units at AS make up the full four unit GCE:

Unit 3—Design, Make and Evaluate

Students produce a portfolio and product which demonstrate creative thinking, innovation and flair. The coursework will consist of designing, making and evaluating, a marketing presentation and a review and reflection.

Unit 4—Product Design Examination 

Students need to have knowledge of a range of materials. It is designed to build upon knowledge gained from GCSE and AS and not overburden students with large amounts of factual information. 

Future opportunities

With a qualification in Design & Technology you could go on to higher education, further education or work in the design manufacturing or engineering industries: Architecture, Product/Furniture/ Set/Theatre Design, Special Effects, Animation, Interior Design, Landscape and Garden Design, Construction Industry, Quantity Surveying, Shoe Designer, Textile Designer and Fashion Design. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September