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Product Design

There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G.


Design and Technology Product Design is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge. For example, research can involve not only investigating printed matter and people’s opinions, but also investigating e.g. proportions, adhesives, colour, structures and materials through practical work.

Students will be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale, etc. can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

AS Examinations

Unit 1 - PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

50% of AS, 25% of A Level

2 hour written paper

80 marks

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 - PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

 50% of AS, 25% of A Level

Coursework - approx 50 hours

80 marks

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


A Level Examinations

Unit 3 - PROD3 Design and Manufacture

25% of A Level

2 hour written paper

84 marks

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

Available June only

Unit 4 - PROD4 Design and Making Practice

25% of A Level

Coursework - approx 60 hours

85 marks

Written (or electronic) design folder

Manufactured outcome  

Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity