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Product Design OCR AS Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

The Product Design course at Littleover is split into two groups. One group focusses on the Graphics and Resistant Materials element of the course and is taught in a mixture of computer suites and workshops. The other group focusers on Textiles and is taught in a Textiles workshop. Both groups are taught by specialist teachers for the material area selected. 

Qualities required:

  • Students will be expected to have studied a full course Design and Technology subject and to have achieved a higher grade.
  • It would be to a student's advantage to have also achieved a higher grade in English, Maths, and Science.
  • Students will need to apply mathematical, scientific design and communication skills appropriately as they research, design, and create workable solutions to technological problems.
  • The ability to combine critical scientific and mathematical skills, with an imaginative flair and enjoyment of solving problems will help students achieve success with this subject.

Course content

AS Level:

Unit 1: Advanced innovation challenge

  • This is a timed exam over 3 sessions.
  • Students will complete a design and model activity in a design workshop or examination room and complete a workbook and question paper.

Unit 2: Product study

  • Students will analyse and then improve an existing product related to Resistant Materials, Graphics or Textiles.
  • They will complete product development, prototype modelling and testing. 

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry criteria:

GCSE graded A"-B in Technology/Textiles.



Unit 1:

  • 3 structured sessions producing a workbook, model and examination paper
  • 40% of AS Level Marks

Unit 2:

  • Folder and models (photos)
  • 60% of AS Level Marks

Future opportunities

Product Design will be an extremely good foundation for any student who is considering a career in the following areas:-

  • Advertising
  • Architecture
  • CAD
  • Costume Design
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing
  • Merchandising
  • Packaging Design
  • Print Design
  • Product Design
  • Technology Teaching.

Further information

At the time of publication the details of the new specification to be taught from September 2017 were not available. The details given here relate to the current Product Design and Textiles courses, we do not anticipate that there will be major changes to the course content but all assessment for the full A Level will take place at the end of Year 13 as AS assessment marks will not count towards the full A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016

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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.