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Design Technology (Product Design) A Level at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College

Course description

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers; especially those in the creative, manufacturing or engineering industries. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course content

The course is divided into core principles, specialist principles and a design and make assignment. Within all three aspects students will learn key concepts, such as…
- How products are developed to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
- Material properties, including modern and smart materials.
- How advances in technology has changed product design and manufacture.
- Ergonomics and inclusive design.
- Using digital technology and CAD/CAM.
- The history of design and how this influences products today.
- Environmental and sustainable design.
- Modern manufacturing systems.

There will be clear links to concepts in Maths and Science.

Entry requirements

Students will need to be creative, ambitious and practical. They will need to be interested in the way products are designed and commercially manufactured and have the aptitude to recommend potential improvements. Students will need to be resilient, using problem solving skills in order to develop and create solutions to various design briefs.


The awarding organisation will be AQA

Paper 1 – Written Exam (25% of A level). Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

Paper 2 – Written Exam (25% of A level). Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles

Non-exam Assessment (50% of A level). Substantial design and make task

Future opportunities

There are a wide variety of progression routes and future careers following A level Product Design, such as, degree courses in different design disciplines, architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing. Alternatively, students may also consider various apprenticeships.

Previous students have progressed on to degree courses in Product Design, Industrial Design, Special Effects for TV and Film, Architecture, Engineering and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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