Studying Product Design will suit all students who have a keen interest in designing and making products. It suits many different learning styles; practical, ‘hands on types’, problem solvers, creative thinkers and those who love the idea of making a difference to the manufactured world.
This is very much a hands on course. Designing and making is a complex activity. What better way to explore materials, test out ideas, assess methods of manufacture and try out different creative methods by actually doing it! A lot of time is spent being creative, modelling and making. Yes, there is lots of academic study, but this supports your activities and helps you understand the underpinning knowledge needed to be successful. Overall, this can be a very satisfying A Level, plus you will learn tangible skills along the way.
Year 12 involves building up skills and knowledge
through experience. You will design and make challenging products involving a variety of materials and manufacturing processes. You will learn how to achieve high quality work. Projects may involve multi construction methods, ergonomics, electronics, graphics,
CAD/CAM (laser and 3D printing technologies) which are all related to human needs and sustainability issues.
Year 13 is mostly devoted to the controlled assessment task of designing and making a product to fit a chosen brief. This involves 45 hours of controlled assessment time, plus homework and development. Study for the written paper exam continues but gains greater focus after March.
Coursework – 50%
Exam Paper 1 – 25%
Exam Paper 2 – 25%
Extending Your Experience
The course is very practical in nature and you will have the opportunity to study and visit design centres to gain inspiration. Industrial/factory visits will inform you about manufacture in the real world.
Ideally you should have previously gained at least a 5 grade in Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphics, Electronics or Textiles. Students who have a GCSE grade C in any of the above may also be
considered on an individual basis.
Where will this course take me?
Future employers, apprenticeship providers and universities like product design students. They know students can work to deadlines, that they can
problem solve, have discipline, determination and are creative. Highly desirable attributes for any student!
However, post study A level PD, go to university to study 3D Design / Engineering – skies the limit.
Design and Engineering is an expanding sector and highly regarded as a career.