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York College

Entry requirements

A minimum of four grade 5s at GCSE and a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language, Maths and a creative GCSE such as Product Design, Design Technology or Art & Design.

Duration

Two years.

What will I study?

There are two routes available in this A Level subject:

Product Design: Product Design

or

Product Design: Design Engineering

These courses are thought-provoking and stimulating, whilst being fast-moving, as they have been designed to keep students highly motivated and interested; allowing them to apply theory too.

AS Level (content tailored to Product Design or Design Engineering)

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology

You will learn about the processes and techniques to shape, form, join, manufacture relevant products and components. As well as digital technologies and the effects of technological developments, you will also learn about factors which influence the development of a product.

Component 2: Design and Make Project

You will undertake a small scale design, make and evaluate project to a given ‘external’ brief – from the exam board.

A Level (content tailored to Product Design or Design Engineering)

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology

In addition to the AS topics you will also study how we design for maintenance and a cleaner environment, current legislation in our industry.

Component 2: Design and Make Project

You will undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project which requires you to produce a portfolio and a prototype outcome.

In the first year you will also follow a series of short beginner courses which include:

Adobe Photoshop
Solid Works 3D Computer Aided Design leading to CAD/CAM

Good course combinations

Other A Levels such as English, Maths, Physics and Computer Science.

What could it lead to?

Higher education, in particular any design-related course including Product Design, Engineering disciplines, Architecture, Animation, Graphic Design and the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

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

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

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