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Product Design

Our A Level course is based on the AQA specification, and will encourage students to:

  • Be open to taking design risks, showing innovation and enterprise whilst considering their role as responsible designers and citizens
  • Develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world
  • Work collaboratively to develop and refine their ideas, responding to Feedback from users, peers and expert practitioners 
  • Gain an insight into the creative, engineering and / or manufacturing industries 
  • Develop the capacity to think creatively, innovatively and critically through focused research and the exploration of design opportunities arising from the needs, wants and values of users and clients
  • Develop knowledge and experience of real world contexts for design and technological activity
  • Develop are in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products that can be tested and evaluated in use 
  • Be able to create and analyse a design concept and use a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including Maths and Science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology 
  • Be able to work safely and skilfully to produce high quality protypes/ products
  • Have critical understanding of the wider influences on design and technology, including cultural, economic, environmental, historical and social factors
  • Develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including the use of Maths and Science for analysis and informing decisions in design. 

A-Level Assessment 

Paper 1

Core technical principles

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response

Written exam: 2 ½ hours 120 marks 30% of A-Level 

Paper 2

Designing and making principles

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 products 

Section B: Commercial manufacture. Mixture of short and extended response questions.  Written exam 1½ hours 80 marks 20% of A Level 

Non Examination Assessment (NEA)

Practical applaication of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. 

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

Substantial design and make task.

45 hours 100 marks 50% of A Level

Page Documents Date  
A Level Product Design 27th Jan 2021 Download