Design and Technology: Product Design
The OCR A Level in Design and Technology: Product Design helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develops their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
The specification provides students with the opportunity to design and make a product in both years of the course. The course has 50% coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.
The course is designed to help candidates to:
- initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes
- develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials
- develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials
- develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.
Students can undertake the full A level course (AS and A2) over two years or opt to study the AS for one year.
The key to success with this course is the willingness to develop of a passion for design. Students need to be naturally creative, have an inquisitive mind and be impressed with and interested in the work of other designers. Students who opt for this course also need to possess natural ability in sketching and model-making and be independent enough to initiate their own research.
This course paves the way towards careers in graphic design, architecture, industrial design, product design and engineering.