Product Design

A Level

BASIC COURSE DETAILS

This course offers you the scope to develop your product design skills seeing your ideas grow from the prototype to the final design. Building a portfolio of work, you will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding of product design through case studies, analysis and through to the development of your own designs.
A level Product Design is a two-year course, which prepares students for the EDEXCEL specification examination.

IS IT FOR ME?

The skills and qualities you will gain from studying design technology include:
Technical ability
You will learn particular technical skills and specialist knowledge of how things work or need to be designed and built.
Problem solving
Some jobs particularly require problem solving skills and creative thinking to recognise problems and their causes, to identify a range of possible solutions and then assess and decide the best way forward.
Organisation
You will learn to plan and schedule work. This could include being able to prioritise what needs to be done and by when.
Creativity
You may need specific artistic or design skills for a job, or you may need to draw on a good imagination to come up with creative solutions to business challenges.
Analytics
You will learn how to collect and examine information in detail to arrive at a solution, to answer a key question or make an informed decision.
Discipline
You need to know and do what is expected of you. This ranges from organising yourself, being on time, to being responsible. Some jobs need particular discipline skills such as being able to persevere with the task and plans until you accomplish them, or following strict procedures.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

This course offers the opportunity to design and make products in addition to learning about the following range of topics:

  • Materials
  • Performance characteristics of materials
  • Processes and techniques
  • Digital technologies
  • Factors influencing the development of products
  • Effects of technological developments
  • Potential hazards and risk assessment
  • Features of manufacturing industries
  • Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
  • Current legislation
  • Information handling, modelling and forward planning
  • Further processes and techniques

WHAT DOES STUDYING PRODUCT DESIGN LEAD ON TO?

Students can progress from this qualification to:

  • tertiary education and/or work-based study including product design, engineering and architecture
  • further training in the design, creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries
  • employment in a relevant sector

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

The course is externally assessed by a 2 1/2 hour written examinations at the end of Year 13 worth 50% of the marks and an independent design and make project, also worth 50% of the marks.