Dyke House Sports & Technology College

Attainment and Achievement through Creativity, Collaboration and Character

A Level Product Design

COURSE OUTLINE

This is a 2 year A level course by AQA. Students will design and make good quality products using CAD/CAM, hand skills, and a range of materials. The course is 50% NEA, and 50% examinations.

AQA A Level Design and Technology: Product Design 7552.

Assessments

Paper 1

What's assessed

Technical principles

How it's assessed

Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes

120 marks

30% of A-level

Questions

Mixture of short answer and extended response.

Paper 2

What's assessed

Designing and making principles

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes

80 marks

20% of A-level

Questions

Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Section A:

Product Analysis: 30 marks

Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B:

Commercial manufacture: 50 marks

Mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

What's assessed

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.

How it's assessed

Substantial design and make project

100 marks

50% of A-level

Evidence

Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype

PROGRESSIONAL/CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A level Product Design provides an excellent basis for progression into a wide range of design disciplines such as Architecture, Product Design, Interior Design, Theatre Design, Engineering, Fashion Design and Marketing, Graphics, Buying and Merchandising, Illustration and Design Consultancy.

Exam Board: AQA


Key Staff

Mr Phil Tilson

Course Type

A Level

Course Category

Arts

Duration

2 years

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B grade in Design and Technology.