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Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) AQA AS and A Level at Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

Year 12 Content

At AS Level candidates develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal.  

This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety -

  • Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application (PROD1)
  • Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making (PROD2)

Autumn and Spring terms are spent on project work which should clearly show development of design proposals leading to quality made items.  

Theory lessons focus on Materials, Components and Applications Worth.

Year 13 Content

At A2, the specification offers candidates the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS.  

Candidates will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture:

  • Unit 3: Design and Manufacture (PROD3)
  • Unit 4: Design and Making Practice (PROD4)

Autumn and Spring terms are spent building a portfolio of evidence showing clear design development and the manufacture of a quality product.  

This should be a live project, with a client, of a very real need, identified by the student.  

Theory lessons focus on Design and Manufacture.

Entry requirements

  • Students require grade B or above in Product Design or Design Technology Resistant Material GCSE in addition to grade B English GCSE or above, because 50% of the assessment is on a written exam. 
  • Students also require grade C or above in Maths GCSE. 
  • Successful completion of AS Design & Technology Product Design with a grade D or above is necessary to carry on to Year 13 Design & Technology Product Design.


Year 12

  • Students produce a folder of work together with a practical to be handed in before the Easter term and sit a written exam in July checking their course knowledge.
  • Both are worth 50% of the total mark awarded for Year 12.

Year 13

  • Students produce a more advanced folder of work together with a detailed practical, demonstrating their technical skills, to be handed in before the Easter term and sit an advanced written exam in July checking their coursework knowledge.  
  • Both are worth 50% of the total mark awarded for Year 13.

Future opportunities

From A Level D&T Product Design students can progress onto degree courses for:

Engineering, Product Design, Architecture and Art and trades such as Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical Installation, Interior Design, Product Design/Industrial Design, Exhibition Design, Set Design, or Jewellery Design.

Entry onto an Art Foundation Course, which is usually of one year in length, enables candidates to look into the wider aspects of, and courses in, Art and Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2016
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