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Product Design A-Level at Coopers School

Course description

This course aims to develop students' designing and making skills to a high level by giving them the opportunity to study the following areas: product development (coursework project), materials and manufacturing technology, design in society and Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM).


Course content

The AS course consists of two units, the first of which requires students to submit a coursework portfolio that demonstrates their ability to analyse, design and make graphic products. The second unit focuses on the theory associated with Product Design and is assessed externally via a 90 minute written exam.

The additional units needed for A2 level qualification include an externally assessed written examination and a coursework project. Unit Three is entitled 'Designing for the Future' and builds on the knowledge and understanding developed in Unit Two. Unit Four requires students to complete another coursework project. However, there is a strong emphasis on developing a commercially viable product that meets the needs of a specific client or user group.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language C or better
GCSE Technology B or better


Year 1
Coursework project
Examination paper1½ hours

Year 2
Examination paper2 hours
Coursework project

Future opportunities

Coopers' students who have completed the course in the past have gained entry onto degree courses related to Architecture, Town Planning Product Design, Teaching and Art College Foundation courses.

The qualification also provides a means of accessing courses and careers in: Automotive Product Design, Computer Aided Product Design, Industrial Design and Manufacturing. The portfolio produced during the course is always of great benefit in interviews.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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