Product Design

A Level

Exam Board: A Level Product Design – AQA

Course Summary

Product Design lets you delve into the creation of the products that surround us. You will learn to combine practical and theoretical skills, creating innovative products in a specialism of your choice. For example, each year students design sports equipment, architectural models, jewellery, furniture and many other products to fit real life needs.

You will have the opportunity to work with a large range of materials and processes in order to produce your manufacturedartefacts. In the first year you will produce a number of scale models and working prototypes. In the second year you will produce one major project with a full sized, working product as
the outcome.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSEs to include minimum Grade 4 in Maths. GCSE in Design Technology is advantageous but not essential.



  • Materials and Their uses
  • Ergonomics
  • Safety
  • Environmental Issues
  • Furniture
  • Architectural Models
  • Design Drawing
  • CAD and 3D Printing
  • History of Design
  • Colour and Shape Theory
  • Design Issues
  • Personal Choice of NEA

Why choose this course?

  • First-class facilities, including dedicated art studios
  • Passionate teaching staff, who are artists in their own right
  • Visiting artists who deliver lectures and workshops on their craft
  • Students also have the opportunity to enter various national design competitions and to exhibit their work in the end of year Art Show
  • Opportunity to continue this subject with our post-A Level UAL accredited Art Foundation Course

Where might it lead?

The combination of practical and theoretical skills means this course leads to a range of options in further study and employment. Students often go on to study and employment in Product Design, Architecture, Automotive Design, Jewellery Design, Packaging Design and Engineering.


This course has a mixture of:

  • 50% Coursework
  • 50% Examination


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