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Product Design at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

Design and Technology opens the door to some of the widest career routes in the UK and worldwide. The creative industries in the UK are valued at 76.9 billion pounds per year which equates to an incredible 8.8 million pounds per hour which makes Product Design one of the most exciting routes to consider exploring.

The course aims to stimulate thoughts and ideas through analysis, problem solving and practical outcome.

Course content

AS course content

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

A level course content

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

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in Resistant Materials, Graphic Products or Product Design

This course would be most suitable for students who have studied either GCSE Graphic Products or GCSE Resistant Materials and have attained at least a B grade.

The course requires a great degree of creativity, innovation, practical and problem solving skills.


This course is a traditional A Level. It consists of 4 units over two years.

Each year you will study a design and make assignment/ portfolio followed by a two hour examination. Each Unit makes up 25% of the overall mark. 

Future opportunities

A Level Product Design qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a wide range of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment.

Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees or apprenticeships in related subjects such as product design, engineering, graphic design, interior architecture, landscape design, automotive design, furniture design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 12 February 2016
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