Product Design

Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: Design Technology

Why Should I Study This Course?

If you enjoy designing and making using a range of different materials then this creative qualification gives you the practical, theoretical and confidence to succeed in a number of creative careers. Past students have progressed to studying architecture, product design, furniture design, graphics, automotive and aerospace design along with civil engineering and marketing. Students who have studied Art, Textiles, Design Technology and Engineering at GCSE are suitable for this course.

What Would I Study?

During the course there are plenty of opportunities to develop design and development skills alongside practical making skills using a range of materials and processes. Projects could include casting, CAD/CAM, modelling, sublimation printing to name but a few. We work with a local leading architectural firm so students have the chance to work with employers and receive feedback on their designs. Alongside the design projects theory work will investigate materials, industrial processes, historical, social, cultural, environmental and economical influences on design and technology.

How and When is it Assessed?

50% Project and 50% examination.
50% of the A Level is based on practical application of design and making skills through a major project. This takes place in Year 13. It is internally assessed and then externally moderated.
30% of the A Level is provided by Exam Paper 1, a mixture of short and extended responses. 20% is provided by Exam Paper 2. Both exams take place in the May of Year 13.

Where Can This Course Take me?

Careers in Architecture, Product Design, Graphics Products, Furniture Design, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Marketing, Jewellery Design, Ceramics, Prop Making for the film and TV industries and Glass Design. Many students go on to complete an Art and Design Foundation course as well as degrees.