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Product Design A Level at Upton Hall F C J

Course description

A Level Product Design develops the students skills in creative and innovative thinking and problem solving through practical coursework, Design and Make tasks and the study of materials and manufacturing processes and relates this to how the products would be commercially manufactured

Entry requirements

If you have studied GCSE DT Product Design, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials then a minimum grade B required. If you did not, then Art & Design grade B or above would be acceptable, especially if combined with different DT subject.



1. A written examination focusing on Materials and Processes, (how things are manufactured and what out of). The examination is quite structured with short and longer answers.
2. Coursework which can either be one project or a portfolio of work. The majority of time is spent on the coursework with about 30% on theory.


The A2 course has exactly the same structure as the AS. The examination has a larger range of topics looking at industrial practices and the role of designer in more detail and building on the materials and processes knowledge of the AS. The examination is less structured, with essay type questions. The A2 coursework is one extended piece of work often focussed towards the students own personal interests or future plans.

Future opportunities

Product Design students benefit from the opportunity of a variety of visits throughout the two years. These include visiting Jaguar Landrover and other local major manufacturers, the degree shows at Manchester College of Art and museum trips to London when there are appropriate exhibitions on.

Product Design leads directly to 3D Design Degree courses and Product / Industrial Design. It also provides an excellent qualification for engineering, construction, architecture, planning and many other manufacturing and production focussed occupations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Hall F C J directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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      From the M53 Northbound: Leave M53 at Junction 2. Continue straight on at the roundabout onto the Upton by-pass (A5027). At the next roundabout turn left onto Old Greasby Road. Take the second turning on the left into Saughall Massie Lane.

      From West Kirby: Head towards Black Horse Hill. Follow Black Horse Hill down and bear left onto Saughall Massie Road. Follow signs up to Upton Village. From Old Greasby Road take the second turning on the left into Saughall Massie Lane.

      From Birkenhead: Head towards Upton Village. The school is located just beyond the traffic lights in the middle of Upton Village. Take Old Greasby Road and then first right into Saughall Massie Lane.

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