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PRODUCT DESIGN - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description


Product Design offers candidates an opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and positive experience from working with a variety of materials. Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.

Course content


This is a two-year course. There is no exam at the end of the 1st year and all assessments will take place at the end of the 2nd year. There are 2 written examination papers each 2 hours long as well as a Non-exam assessment (NEA) where students will be assessed on their practical application of technical principles, designing & making principles and specialist knowledge in a 45 hour design and make activity of their choice. Component Weighting Method of assessment

Part 1 – Written Paper on “Core technical principles and core designing and making principles” 100 marks 25% of A Level mark, 2 hr written paper Externally set and marked Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Part 2 – Students will be assessed on ‘Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles’. 100 marks 25% of A level 2 hour written paper Externally set and marked Written paper on a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Part 3 - Weighting Method of assessment Non exam assessment (NEA) A substantial design and make task lasting approx. 45 hours. 100 Marks 50% of A level Internally set and marked Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

The course is designed to encourage candidates 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.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved an Average Point Score across all your GCSE subjects of 40+. It is desirable but not essential to have studied Product Design at GCSE.

Future opportunities

This course leads to a foundation course in art & design or directly to a degree level. It is also a vehicle into any vocational course in the design field. Further courses of study could include; Industrial Design, Architecture, Product Design, 3-Dimensional Design, Furniture/Jewellery Design, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Ceramics & Glass, Photography, Fashion or Textiles.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September