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Product Design A2 level at Shoeburyness High School

Course description

What will I be doing?

  • Develop your graphic communication skills including both traditional rendering techniques and computer aided design/visualisation.
  • Explore a range of materials and manufacturing techniques and apply them in practical design and make projects.
  • Investigate existing products and draw upon them for inspiration when designing your own products.
  • Explore a variety of model making techniques as you develop a product prototype.

What coursework do I have to do?

  • AS – Portfolio of creative skills including a product investigation, a design activity and a make activity.
  • A2 – A larger combined design and make activity.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs including English and Maths and a minimum of a B grade in Design and Technology. The attainment of a grade B is required in order to access the demanding quantity and quality of work at this advanced level.


What’s in the exam?

AS level concludes with a 1 ½ hour written exam set by the exam board. Subjects covered include: materials, components, industrial and commercial practice, joining techniques, material removal, heat treatment, conversion and seasoning, faults in woods, CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacturing modelling and prototyping, quality assurance, quality standards and health and safety.

Future opportunities

What could this lead to?

  • Further study at degree level.
  • A career in design in a broad range of industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years