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

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.

Exam: 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.

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.
26.7% of A Level
1 hour 30 minutes
Drawn and written paper 80 mark

Problem Solving- Written examination with drawing
This is a single externally assessed examination component with questions covering both ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ content.
23.3% of A Level
1 hours 45 minutes
Drawn and written paper 70 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 6 in GCSE Design and Technology.

Specification

Product Design – H406

Component 1 (26.7%)

1 hour 30 minutes

Component 2 (23.3%)

1 hours 45 minutes

Component 3 (50%)

Coursework