Accessibility links

Product Design AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

The Advanced Product Design course is essentially about identifying and solving real problems for the real world and is structured to have a broad appeal. Students are able to work and are encouraged to explore an extremely broad range of contexts and media, which relate to their personal strengths, interests and further intended careers.
Possible areas for the work may include industry, commerce, social needs and environmental issues, but virtually any context in which problems can be identified is appropriate.
The syllabus should be seen as one which encourages flexibility in its delivery and within a variety of options allows students to demonstrate knowledge about the made and designed world.
The course helps develop skills for Analysis, Research, Synthesis and Creativity, Making Skills and skills for Evaluation. Product Design is potentially, a very broad subject. Knowledge, understanding and skills from across the Arts and Sciences will be of value when studying on the course. Students will need to be able to express themselves in both written and graphic form.


Course content

During year one, students will start by completing a range of focussed tasks including graphics, design and making in a selection of materials (resistant such as Metals, Plastics and Modelling Materials and compliant, such as Textiles). Students will work on the AS Major Project of their choice. This project will be flexible in approach and
theme, allowing students to build on areas of strength and enjoyment. The approach will impart to the student a solid foundation from which to complete their Major A Level project. As part of the year one course students will improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject through an integrated theoretical base. (Knowledge and
understanding will be examined at the end of year one). A range of graphic and drawing tasks will help enhance students communication skills in both technical and artistic areas.

Entry requirements

It is recommended that students gain a C Grade or above at GCSE Level. However, individual exceptions may be made where appropriate. Written and Graphic Communication skills will form important elements within the course and therefore require students to be reasonably confident in these areas. One of the key elements is the ability toengage in long term projects. Therefore, good organisational skills and self-motivation are essential.


AS DT1 20% 2 hours – Examination Paper This paper will contain two sections which will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the subject content for one focus area listed under: Designing andinnovation; Product analysis; Materials and components; Industrial and commercial practice.
DT2 30% (approximately 40 hours) – Design and Make Task Candidates will submit one design and make task which will satisfy the AS assessment criteria. This component is marked by the centre and moderated by the WJEC.
A2 DT3 – Examination Paper This paper consists of three sections and will assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding drawn from the whole subject content of one focus area. Designing and innovation; Product analysis; Human responsibility; Public interaction; Materials and components; Industrial and commercial practice. Processes; Production systems and control.
DT4 – Major Project Candidates will undertake a single substantial project. Each year the WJEC will set eight themes
for the project, though candidates may also submit their own proposals for approval. The project requires candidates to demonstrate the integration of designing and making skills and knowledge and understanding.

Future opportunities

Your Product Design qualification will assist your entry into Further Education and University and prepare you for a future career in a very wide range of jobs and professions. Some areas directly related include Industrial Design, Product Design, Manufacturing, Engineering, Electronics, Architecture, Graphic Art, the Fashion Industry, Furniture Design, Sportswear Design, Television, Film and Theatre Set Design, Interior Design. However, Design and Technology helps you develop skills, knowledge and understanding in a very broad way which will be of value in an
extremely wide range of occupations and Degree Courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015
Provider logo

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years