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A Level Design and Technology: Product Design at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

Product Design is suitable for anyone with an interest in one of the huge range of design and technology related careers, from interior design to advertising, architecture, and engineering. It complements many subjects, connecting the arts and sciences together. Students develop an understanding of the complex relationship between materials, design manufacture and marketing. Reflecting the wide ranging activities of professional designers students have the opportunity to work with modern and 'smart' materials and components with an emphasis on sustainable design.

Examinations are restricted to the core content, while students can utilise a wider range of materials such as ceramics, textiles and electronics to enhance their project work. Industrial visits and links with manufacturing companies will provide students with work-related learning opportunities and a greater understanding of the role of designers in industry.

All Saints' design studios give students the opportunity to work with state of the art equipment and facilities.

Course content

A Level

Core technical principles

Core designing and making principles

Additional specialist knowledge


Entry requirements

Grade 5 GCSE in a relevant Design Technology Subject, such as Product Design or Resistant materials.


A Level

Paper 1: Technical Principles = 30% of A-Level: Examination in June 2.5 hours written paper, 120 marks. Mixture of short

answer and extended response.

Paper 2: Designing and Making Principles = 20% of A-Level: Examination in June 1.5 hours written paper, 80 marks.

Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Section A: Product Analysis: 30 marks. Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture: 50 marks. Mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) = 50% of A-Level: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making

principles. Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.


Future opportunities

Problem solving and designing skills are core, as well as a variety of key skills. The course can lead to many higher education courses in design and engineering related disciplines, further education and training and a wide range of careers.

Further information

Restrictions : Due to the overlapping of course contents, it is not possible to study Product Design and Fashion and Textiles at the same time.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2018
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