Product Design

Product Design

A Level

3rd Sep `22

2 Years


Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form


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Course details

The department teaches the new AQA specification and is designed to be a natural progression from the Design and Technology courses at GCSE level. The course allows students to develop their own creativity, design capability, modelling and manufacturing skills. Students are taught to sketch, render, use Computer Aided Design and manufacture to model products to a high level. Students are required to apply their knowledge and understanding to a design brief and produce an extensive design folio and accompanying 3D outcome. Students should have a strong interest in researching, designing, modelling, manufacturing and evaluating products in order to be successful in the course.


Exam Paper 1 – Core technical principles and core designing and making principles This is a 2 hour written examination which amounts to 25% of the A-Level qualification. It includes a mixture of short answers, multiple choice and extended responses.

Exam Paper 2 – Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles. This is a 2 hour written examination also amounts to 25% of the A-Level, it has two sections. Section A includes a product analysis and includes up to 6 short answers based on the visual stimulus of products. Section B is focussed on commercial manufacturing and includes a mixture of short and extended response questions. 

Non-exam Assessment – Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge. This is a single design and make task which will be completed throughout the course. This unit amounts to 50% of the A-Level and will require documentation through a written portfolio of evidence.


Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: AQA - City & Guilds

Product Design combines well with Mathematics, Physics and Art or can be a contrasting subject with English, History or Geography. This A Level course has been specifically chosen due to its broad based design content and provides a solid foundation for all university courses or careers in design and design related subjects. Previous students have progressed into Product Design, Graphic Design, Architecture, Animation and Web Design, Furniture Design, Engineering, Automotive Design and Design Management.

Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

Design Technology 5

Progression into the second year of the course is reliant on students achieving a minimum D grade in the End of Year 1 Exam.


  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335