This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.
Paper 1- This paper covers the core technical principles and core designing and making principles. The students will answer a mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response. It contributes to 25% of the A-Level.
Paper 2- This paper covers more specialist knowledge and technical and designing and making principles. It is split into two sections. Section A covers product analysis consisting of up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of a product(s). Section B covers Commercial manufacture consisting of a mixture of short and extended response questions. It contributes to 25% of the A-Level.
NEA (Non-exam Assessment) – This student’s will produce a substantial design and make task in the form of a written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype product. It shows the practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. It contributes to 50% of the A-Level.
If students have studied Product Design, Engineering, RM or Graphics at Key Stage 4 a grade 6 is desirable. Grade 5 in both English and Maths are also desirable. A Teacher recommendation would also be considered if the course requirements were not met.
What type of student is this course suitable for?
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers incl. Architecture, Graphic Design, Product Design, Industrial design, Vehicle Designer or Engineering disciplines.
As with any GCE study, you need to be organised in order to meet deadlines and an independent learner in order to read around the subject and complete a significant amount of work outside of lesson times.
What our students say
“I would recommend this course because it gives you lots of opportunities. You get a lot of freedom over your own designs and it lets your creativity flow!” MT Y13
“We have studied a range of thought-provoking topics and this has inspired me to follow a career in Product Design.”- GG Y13