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Design and Technology: Product Design (3D) A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

The modern world relies on products that have been designed to make use of today’s technology. This Product Design course is designed to encourage pupils to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Course content

AS Level (Award 1551)


Unit 1 - PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

·         50% of AS, 25% of A Level

·         2 hour written paper

·         80 marks

·         Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections

·         Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions

·         Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two

·         Section 3 contains one compulsory question


Unit 2 - PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

·         50% of AS, 25% of A Level

·         Coursework - approx 50 hours

·         80 marks

·         Written (or electronic) design portfolio

·         Manufactured outcome(s)

·         Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work


A2 Level Examinations (Award 2551)


Unit 3 - PROD3 Design and Manufacture

·         25% of A Level

·         2 hour written paper

·         84 marks

·         Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections 

·         Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section.

·         Includes synoptic assessment


Unit 4 - PROD4 Design and Making Practice

·         25% of A Level

·         Coursework - approx 60 hours

·         85 marks

·         Written (or electronic) design folder

·         Manufactured outcome 

.         Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making     activity

Future opportunities

Some designers work in technical areas such as engineering or industrial design, where they need to understand manufacturing processes. Others work on the artistic side, as textile or fashion designers, graphic design or creative and media work. Product design and development also involves marketing and public relations staff. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.