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Design & Technology AS & A2 Level Product Design at Crossley Heath School

Course description

Graphic Products:

Board and Syllabus

EDXCEL Product Design 

Y12 consists of three distinct areas of study leading towards the coursework and an end of year examination, whereas Y13 consists of one major project and an examination.  


Course content

Yr13 students are encouraged to find real clients to work for. These clients can then provide effective, realistic feedback to the students all the way through the design and make process. 

Yr13 projects are self-chosen and must be concerned with anything using Graphic Products, possible areas of interest are: advertising, corporate identity, media arts, interior design, computer graphics, product design.

Suggestions for possible projects include:

Designs for a conference/exhibition/public event

Displays for information or selling

Shop/café interior

Theatre set design

Charity promotion

Teaching aids

Household/electronic/mechanical products

Newspapers/magazines/graphic novels

Entry requirements

Grade B in Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Electronic Products or another suitable Technology course. 

Candidates must be able to work independently and with commitment to the course and should enjoy problem solving, designing and making. 

ICT skills are necessary to enable students to fully access the CAD/CAM equipment available to them.  High level analytical skills are an essential part of the course as is the ability to meet deadlines. 

An interest in and understanding of world issues such as the environment, recycling etc. is also very helpful.


Lessons take place in the Technology Block and will be either a taught theory lesson towards the written exams or a guided study lesson where students work on their design projects. 

For the first few months, most lessons will be spent on the project work and after February half term most lessons will be theory based.  Homework is an essential part of the course for any student hoping to achieve a good grade.


Portfolio of creative skills - Internal assessment    

60% AS 30% A2


Design and technology in practice -  Externally assessed 2 hour examination

40% AS  20% A2


Designing for the future  - Externally assessed 2 hour examination

20% A2


Commercial design -  Internal assessment

30% A2


Future opportunities

Design and Technology is a versatile subject, gaining in popularity and promoted in government policies. 

It is particularly useful for those intending to pursue further education courses in Engineering, Applied Sciences, Product Design, Architecture, Art and Design, Computing etc.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Crossley Heath School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One Year for AS Two years for A2