Product Design

Technology

PRODUCT DESIGN AS / A2

COURSE CONTENT

Unit 1 PROD1 Materials, Components and Application
  • Section A: Materials and Components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture
Unit 2 PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

Design-and-make unit where knowledge of the AS subject content is applied to the design and making of the candidates’ own projects. Practical projects: Production of a piece of jewellery and a radio.

Unit 3: PROD3 Design and Manufacture
  • Section A: Materials and Components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture
Unit 4 PROD4 Design and Making Practice 

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the AS and A2 subject content is applied to the design and manufacture of candidates’ own projects.

EXAMINATION

AS

  • Unit 1 – 2 hour written examination
  • Unit 2 – coursework portfolio.

A2

  • Unit 3 – 2 hour written examination.
  • Unit 4 – coursework portfolio.

Examination Board – AQA

WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

This course would be most suitable for students who have studied either GCSE Graphic Products or GCSE Resistant Materials and have attained at least a B grade. The course requires a great degree of creativity, innovation, practical and problem solving skills.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STYLE?

The specification has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A Level Product Design qualifies for UCAS points. It gives students a wide range of progression options into further study, training or relevant employment. Students who successfully complete the qualification will be well equipped to move onto degrees in related subjects such as Product Design, Engineering, Graphic Design, Interior, Architecture, Landscape Design, Automotive Design, Furniture Design. Those who opt for work-based training are likely to be equipped for skills in manual trades, such as plumbing, electrics, plastering, carpentry and building.