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Product Design (Resistant Materials) AS A2 at The Duston School

Course description

Product Design is a course all about Designing and Making where design is seen as an integrating process involving the consideration of human needs, responding to these, and then developing solutions appropriate to the task.

Where possible, the course allows students to study, propose and realise prototype solutions that are closely linked to real-life problems.

Course content

The course is a confirmation of work undertaken at GCSE level in Design Technology but here students are encouraged to broaden their horizons and experiences and come to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Entry requirements

For entry onto this 'A' level course, a grade 'C' at GCSE in Graphics, Engineering, Textiles or Resistant Materials is required.


Assessment for the AS (Year 12) course is by:

a written case study taken over 20 hours

a product evaluation taken over 30 hours

a written examination of 2 hours.

Assessment for the A2 (Year 13) course is by:

a design exercise taking 40 hours

a practical exercise taking 40 hours

a written examination of 2 hours.

Future opportunities

A qualification in Product Design can lead to further education or work in:

Art Foundation Courses

Product Design

Applied Design


Teaching (Technology is a shortage subject)

Graphic Design


Town Planning


System Design



Further information

Mr J Hillyer


Mr A Smith

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Duston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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