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Product Design: Graphics AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

This qualification emphasises two key factors: creativity and sustainability. Students are encouraged to develop the skills to explore ideas of originality and value, to question and challenge, to envisage what could be created, and to become designers.

The Product Design A-level course offers two pathways, Resistant Materials Technology and Graphic Products, each with its own specific content.

The structures of the courses differ greatly in materials used, industry processes and product outcomes.

Students must choose between Graphic Products or Resistant Materials. They cannot take both.

The Graphic Products strand allow students to opt for either Product Design or Architectural Design pathway at A Level.

 The department is well equipped and offers the ability to produce innovative and complex projects.

Course content

AS Level

  • UNIT 1: PORTFOLIO OF CREATIVE SKILLS (COURSEWORK): The portfolio of creative skills is divided into three distinct sections: Product Investigation, Product Design and Product Manufacture.
  • PRODUCT INVESTIGATION: Students crictically analyse a graphic product investigating the materials processes amd quality checks used to create it, comparing it to similar products on the market. This compliments the theory required for the examination and builds knowledge and understanding of the materials and industrial processes used in manufacturing products.
  • PRODUCT DESIGN:Students respond creatively and adventurously to a design brief, focusing on design and development of a product through sketching, modelling and CAD. Students are encouraged to develop their own design style and build on their skills to present work through a range of media.
  • PRODUCT MANUFACTURE: Students produce one or more high quality products and test them against design criteria. To allow students to make an informed choice for A2 the second pathway of architecture is studied in this project. Students make a scale model demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of a range of materials techniques and processes by selecting and using those appropriate to the requirements of the course.
  • UNIT 2: DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY IN PRACTICE (EXAMINATION) In this examination students will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a range of materials and processes of graphic products. The theory is taught throughout the course in dedicated lessons and through the coursework element to allow students to embed their knowledge and understanding.

A Level

  • UNIT 3: DESIGNING FOR THE FUTURE (COURSEWORK) Students will adopt a commercial design approach to the development of a product. They are required to investigate a real problem with a client on a pathway of either Product Design or Architecture. The project is self-selected with guidance to allow students ownership of their work. The project encourages students to work to real constraints and consider sustainability of design throughout the project. The coursework consists of a design folder and final prototype product or architectural model. Recent briefs students have chosen include: eco-house, re-designing a restaurant, designing a selfie pod and an eco-kettle.
  • UNIT 4: COMMERCIAL DESIGN (EXAMINATION) In this unit students will develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of design and manufacturing practices. These include the systems set up to communicate, design and produce products, the effect of commercialisation and development of products due to technology including artificial intelligence and CGI. Sustainability is also a main focus both in the exam and the coursework, looking at alternative sources of power, life cycle of a product and the global reaction to climate change. The study of design eras and major designers is an additional area of study.

Entry requirements

Grade B in a relevant Technology subject.


AS Level: Coursework 30% / Examination 20%

A- Level: Coursework 30% / Examination 20%

Future opportunities

The skills acquired are highly sought after both on degree courses and in the world of work. Specific careers include product design, interior design, animation, model making, architecture and automotive design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wymondham College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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