Product Design

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course outline

The new qualification places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

The exact structure of the course will be determined by the finalised version of the new specification from the exam board and will reflect teaching expertise, however the following outline gives an indication of the likely content.

Unit 1 (50% of A - Level) covers the subject content:

1. Core technical principles

2. Core designing and making principles

3. Additional specialist knowledge

This unit is complete by taking two 2-hour examinations at the end of the 2 year course that tests a student’s knowledge and understanding gained throughout that time. Questions are a combination of multiple choice, short and extended responses from the topic areas above. More information and a better breakdown of these topics can be provided on request.

Unit 2 (50% of A - Level) Non-Exam Assessment (NEA):

This unit is completed as a Controlled Assessment task that uses the practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge as a single design and make project. Pupils will complete the design cycle through an iterative process, conducting research, designing and developing proposals, and manufacturing and testing outcomes while evaluating each stage.

Where will it lead to?

A-level Product Design is the cornerstone for a vast variety of professions and supports a hands on approach to learning and working. The subject content is designed to test a pupil’s ability to plan, solve problem, create solutions and carry out work; all of which are desirable skills within any profession. The subject leads into an immense range of university courses and professions including all Engineering options, Computer-Aided Design, Architecture, Theatre & Stage Production, Automotive Design, IT, Research & Development, Fashion, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Construction, Carpentry, Metal work, Manufacturing and much much more. Great Britain has always been a place for innovation and creation with many world brands and names originating from a Product Design background. The question is, where will Product Design take you?