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Product Design (A Level)

Design is concerned not just with making an object...but as importantly with making choices, choosing what we use, choosing how to live.

David Mellor



Design Technology is an inspiring rigorous and practical subject. The course creators worked closely with higher education and industry to ensure that the direction of the qualification supports progression beyond A Level.

There is a focus on ensuring the content reflects authentic practice, giving an insight into the ways the creative manufacturing industries function.

Future Opportunities

You will gain skills that are useful in a wide range of jobs, in further study of design or engineering , and in your personal life develop decision-making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing a project.

You will build and develop on your knowledge and understanding from GCSE whilst also having the freedom to focus more on areas of design and technology that most interest you. This allows access to a range of future career aspirations in the design and engineering industries, leading to future careers in:

  • Product design
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Fashion and graphic design.
What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4 or equivalent, including English and Maths. Minimum of Grade 5 in Design and Technology GCSE or equivalent Level 2 qualification.

What will I study?

During the two-year course, you will study a range of materials. You will develop a technical understanding of how products function and how they are made to appropriately support the design and manufacture of your own design solutions. You will learn about:

  • Wider design principles and the effect of design on users and the world we live in
  • Identifying market needs and opportunities for new products
  • Initiating and developing design solutions, making and testing prototypes/products
  • How a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial manufacture.

You will develop a critical mind through enquiry and problem-solving, exploration, creation and evaluation of iterative designs. We encourage freedom in approaches towards designing and making so as not to limit the possibilities of project work or the materials and processes being used.

The course content requires you to apply mathematical and scientific knowledge, understanding and skills. This content reflects the importance of Design and Technology as a pivotal STEM subject.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a mixture of exams and an Iterative Design Project. The project will require you to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project.