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Design Technology - Product Design A-Level at Tavistock Community College

Course description

The first year of this course is an AS level qualification and consists of 2 units of study. The student may continue to study for a second year in order to gain an A2 qualification. During the course, students will be given the unique opportunity to identify and solve real life problems by designing and making products in a wide range of contexts, relating to their personal interests. This course develops student’s interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence. Students will also learn to develop a range of new techniques and processes beyond the scope of GCSE level, whilst also gaining an understanding of how commercial factors affect various levels of production. The special strength of this subject is the requirement to link theory and practice with project work. Students will undertake a substantial project each year requiring them to demonstrate the integration of designing and making skills, and theoretical knowledge and understanding.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades including a B grade in the chosen (or appropriate alternative) subject


This course is divided into a total of 4 units and 2 A2 units. The AS level assessment comprises of a Product Design Examination Paper (20%) and a Design and Make Task (30%). At A2 level assessment comprises of a written examination paper (20%) and a Major Project (30%).

Future opportunities

Employment, further design related college courses and higher education. Career aspirations may include: Design, Interior Design, Product Design, 3D Design, Architecture and Engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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