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Design & Technology: Product Design AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

We follow the OCR, Design and Technology-Product Design course. This course aims to:

  • Enable students to develop their design skills, technical ability, their own creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technical activities and problems
  • Apply critical thinking and collaborative skills. across a range of issues prevalent to the modern world
  • Develop innovative thinking and marketable design solutions for a product suitable for production

Course content

Unit F521 is an Innovation Challenge examination. This is a design and model exercise that tests many of the skills needed for the coursework unit.

Unit F522 is the Product Study (This is a Design and Model coursework exercise) students critically analyse a product and develop innovative improvements . This covers design, development, CAD, modelling, evaluation and wider design theory.

Unit F523: Design, Make and Evaluate, candidates are required to produce a portfolio and product. The project covers research, specification, designing, development, CAD skills, practical skills and modelling, user testing and marketing of the product.

Unit F524: Product Design is a written paper that consists of two components.

Candidates are able to select questions across the focus material areas and are asked to design solutions to given problems

Entry requirements

Ideally students should have a good higher grade pass in Design and Technology (Resistant Materials, Food, Textiles or Graphics) or Art. Students should also have the ability to express themselves fluently, on paper, using both graphics and text. Use of good ICT skills is a benefit.


The assessment for the course involves an examination unit (40% of the marks) and a coursework unit (60% of the marks).

Future opportunities

A Level product design provides a good entry qualification into employment, Further or Higher Education in many areas including: advertising, retail, fashion industry, structural and mechanical engineering, architecture, graphic design and many other areas of engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Netherthorpe School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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