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A Level Product Design at Seaford Head School and 6th form centre

Course description

A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

The course has fifty per cent coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.


Course content

AS and A-Level courses based on this specification should encourage       candidates to:

  • recognise and overcome challenges and constraints when working towards the production of high-quality products
  • develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and     products of design and technological activities from a contemporary and     historical perspective
  • draw on and apply knowledge, understanding and skills of production      processes to a range of design and technology activities
  • develop an understanding of contemporary design and technology practices
  • use digital technologies and information handling skills to enhance their    design and technological capability
  • recognise the values inherent in design and technological activities, and     develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, ethical, economic,     environmental, sustainable, social, cultural and entrepreneurial contexts.


Entry requirements

5 9-5 grades at GCSE or equivalent. It is essential that students have previously studied a design-related course at GCSE level. 


Course Assessment:

AS Examinations (Award 1551)

Unit 1 - PROD1 Materials, Components and    Application: 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. 2 hour written paper. 80 marks.

Unit 2 - PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making. 50% of AS, 25% of A Level. Coursework - approx. 50 hours. 80 marks.

A Level Examinations (Award 2551).

Unit 3 - PROD3 Design and Manufacture. 25% of A Level. 2 hour written paper. 84 marks.

Unit 4 - PROD4 Design and Making Practice. 25% of A Level. Coursework - approx. 60 hours. 85 marks.


Financial information

No enrolment fee.

Resource fees may apply.

Future opportunities

The course is designed to lead students  towards employment or higher education.  Employment opportunities include:
CAD Technician, Product Designer, Digital Designer, User Tester, Digital Producer and various roles within the manufacturing, transport ICT and construction industries

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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