A Level DT: Product Design
A thought-provoking, stimulating and fast paced course which enables students to learn the practical application of theoretical knowledge.

The course has been designed to encourage you to take a broad view of design and technology. It also helps you to participate in and think about tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies, and to intervene creatively to improve their quality.

Why study this subject at A-Level?

The skills developed during this A Level course, when studied alongside other A Level subjects will equip students for Higher education, in particular any design-related course including Product Design, Engineering disciplines, Architecture, Animation, Graphic Design and a wide range of product design related areas including Bioengineering, Industrial Design, manufacturing, Bio-materials Engineering, Civil Engineering and Art & Design foundation courses to name just a few. But it also provides a sound background for other less obvious careers, where the ability to think differently and creatively gives our students the edge on the competition.

Summary of the course

Advanced Innovation Challenge. Candidates take part in a timed design challenge based on a pre-released theme, under examination conditions. The challenge consists of a design, and modelling exercise recorded in a workbook. A written reflection paper is completed at a later date. The challenge and reflection paper are held in the centre and are marked externally by OCR.

The Product Study. Candidates should carry out an in-depth product analysis resulting in suggestions for improvements. This is a coursework component that is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

Design, Make and Evaluate, candidates are required to produce a portfolio and product. The project is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

Product Design is a written paper that consists of two components. Candidates are able to select questions across the focus material areas if they wish.  All four units are required to complete the A Level qualification.

Please note: Course structure and content may be subject to change; subject to accreditation from Ofqual.

How is the qualification assessed?

Principles of Product Design – Written examination
This is a single externally assessed examination component with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content.
25% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes
Drawn and written paper 75 marks

Unseen Challenge – Written examination with drawing
This is a single externally assessed examination component with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content.
25% of A Level
2 hours 30 minutes
Drawn and written paper 75 marks

Iterative Design Project non-exam assessment (NEA)
The Iterative Design Project is a single task component, worth 50% of the qualification, giving learners the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills over time in order to realise a valid outcome that reflects real-world design considerations. The component is internally assessed and externally moderated.

A Level Product Design

Entry Requirements

Applicants will require at least a Grade B in GCSE Product Design. If you do not achieve this grade then you will need to convince the Faculty Leader or equivalent teacher of your suitability for the course.

2017 Specification
Product Design – H406

Component 1 (25%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Component 2 (25%)

2 hours 30 minutes

Component 3 (50%)

Coursework