A Level Product Design

Qualification: A Level

Examining board: AQA

Course specification:

A Level Product Design (PDF)

Course leader: Mr Lennox

Years taught: 12, 13

What will I be doing on this course?

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application

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

Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making

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

Unit 3: Design and Manufacture

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

Unit 4: Design and Making Practice

Written (or electronic) design folder Manufactured outcome Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity

Units covered

How this course is assessed

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application

50% AS

25% A Level

Assessment: External: 2 hour written examination

Unit 2: Learning through Designing and Making

50% AS

25% A Level

Assessment: Internal coursework approx. 50 hours

Unit 3: Design and Manufacture

25% A Level

Assessment: External: 2 hour written examination

Unit 4: Design and Making practice

25% A Level

Assessment: Internal coursework approx. 60 hours

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Progression/future opportunities

This course promotes communication, teamwork and three-dimensional design skills and business awareness. This is useful for students wishing to study Art, Graphics, Maths, Media, Physics or Engineering in further education.