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AS/A2 Product Design

Course details
A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology,
develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The course has 50 per cent coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Qualifications needed to start the course
In order to start this course you will need to gain a minimum of a ‘B’ grade (or equivalent) in a relevant GCSE or BTEC course (e.g. GCSE Product Design or Electronic Products).

AS level
Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
2 hour written paper
80 marks
Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections
Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions
Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two
Section 3 contains one compulsory question
Available June only
Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making
50% of AS, 25% of A Level
Coursework – approx 50 hours
80 marks
Written (or electronic) design portfolio
Manufactured outcome(s)
Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller
projects or a portfolio of work

Available June Only

A2 level
Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture
25% of A Level
2 hour written paper
84 marks
Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections
Candidates answer three questions:
one question from three in each section,
plus a final question from either section.
Includes synoptic assessment
Available June only

Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice
25% of A Level
Coursework – approx 60 hours
85 marks
Written (or electronic) design folder
Manufactured outcome
Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity

Available June only
AS +

What could I go on to do after the course?

This course is popular with students who wish go on to study Product Design, Engineering or Architecture as under-graduates. Some students use the course as a stepping stone into the world of industry, an increasing number gaining apprenticeships in design related occupations or engineering. Others choose to undertake a Foundation Course in Art and Design before specialising.