Product Design

A Level

KEY FACTS

Qualification Type

A Level

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE Product Design Grade 5

Assessment

50% exam based and 50% course work

Opportunities for Work Related Activities

You will be given the opportunity to gain work experience in various areas of the Design and Technology field. You will also be asked to attend various visits to outside relative agencies. There will also be opportunities to work on projects with Rolls Royce
Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by designing and manufacturing products with the use of CAD/CAM and other practical applications.

Course Overview

Year 1

What’s assessed
Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Year 2

Paper 2 – What’s assessed:

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

How it’s assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Section A:  Product Analysis, up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture, mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA).  What’s assessed:  Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

How it’s assessed: Substantial design and make task, 45 hours, 100 marks, 50% of A-level

Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Progression

Degree courses offer a variety of pathways into FE. Apprenticeships can vary from international opportunities with BAE for example, to local designers and manufacturers. Internships in many aspects of technology are also commonplace.

Careers

Textile technology; cybernetics; consumer science; product design; electronics; medical technology; dental technology; building crafts; architecture; vehicle design; furniture making; structural engineering; printing; vehicle maintenance; sign making; structural engineering.