Accessibility links

Product Design (Resistant Materials) A Level at The National CofE Academy

Course description

Four units over two years.

Course content

Unit 1 (60% of AS/30% of A2): Portfolio of Creative Skills. Students develop their creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities.

Unit 2 (40% of AS/20% of A2): In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials, components and processes used in the design and production of their chosen area. They must also learn the fundamental principles underpinning their subject and the various techniques involved.

Unit 3 (40% of A2/20% of GCE): In this unit students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a range of topics related to their chosen area.  Students should have a comprehensive knowledge of the main commodities, their composition, processing and other related matters.  A sound knowledge of related contemporary lifestyle issues and new product development is particularly important.  Similarly, how consumer behaviour, demographics, modern lifestyles and sustainable issues have an influence on new product development as do new technologies and materials.

Unit 4 (60% of A2/30% of GCE): In this unit students are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed to design and make a product(s) of their choice.  In order to reach high attainment levels, students must adopt a commercial design approach to their work, reflecting how a professional might deal with a design problem and its resolution.  A key feature of this unit is that students consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment.


See course content.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The National CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years