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Product Design

Head of Department Mr H Ridley, The Green School for Boys

This creative and thought-provoking A-level qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.

You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put your learning into practice by producing prototypes of your choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

There are two units in year 12 and a further two in year 13. Each year will have consist of a Non-exam assessment (NEA) in addition to an exam in Technical Principles.

How will it be assessed?

A-level Design and Technology: Product Design, two-year linear course. Examining board: AQA.

Technical  principles written exam:

2 hours and 30 minutes

120 marks

30% of A-level

Designing and making principles written exam:

1 hour and 30 minutes

80 marks

20% of A-level

Non-exam assessment (NEA) Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles

Substantial design and make project

100 marks

50% of A-level

Where will it lead?

Studying Design and Technology A-level could lead to a degree in product or graphic design,  other fields such as Architecture or specialist degrees such as automotive design.

This qualification would also be useful to those wishing to pursue careers in Engineering.

Enrichment Opportunities

Visits to museums, manufacturers, etc. Workshops in practical skills.

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English and Grade 5 in GCSE Maths.

Grade 6 in GCSE Product Design would be advantageous but not essential.