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Product Design A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course content

There are three areas of subject content to be studied at A-Level:
Materials & Components : Design & Market Influences : Processes & Manufacture
Students will develop your skills in design and manufacture and be taught about selection criteria in design and the influences factors associated with modern product design. As well as an appreciation of traditional craft skills students willl experience the most modern manufacturing technologies available including CAD and CAM.

Entry requirements

Due to the popularity of the course students must have studied a Design and Technology subject at KS4 (one which involves a coursework project), preferably achieving a grade 5/B or higher.
We will also consider students who gain a C grade and Engineering Level 2 students.


This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.
Paper 1 (Written Exam – 2 Hours)
Core technical and core designing and making principles.
Paper 2 (Written Exam – 2 Hours)
Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.
Non exam assessment (45 Hours)
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.
(A design and make portfolio with evidence of a final prototype)

Financial information

Basic stationery and drawing equipment including folder are recommended. Students may wish to download specialist software on a student license for free. Due to materials and printing costs we ask all students to contribute towards the cost of their coursework projects in each year (£5 printing, materials costs dependent upon those selected and used).

Future opportunities

3D Design is useful for students considering a career in all branches of engineering: aspects of design work, surveying, industrial design and of course product design.
Many of our students go on to university studying a specialism in design.

Further information

A complementary subject to Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art and Design.
The Product Design specification is subject to change from the initial draft set by the AQA.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

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