Design and Technology: Product Design
A Level • Level 3
About the course
Students will develop their knowledge, understanding and skills through practical workshop sessions, class work, personal research, project work and external visits. Topics covered include Drawing, Design and Presentation Techniques, Manufacturing Systems and Control and Sustainability. It is important that students, as future designers, develop a passion for designing for the future.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
To take four A Levels: At least six GCSEs at level 5 or above, including both English and Mathematics. To take three A Levels: At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including both English and Mathematics. Additional entry requirements: A minimum of level 5 in GCSE Design Technology, Mathematics and English Language. Level 5 or above in Information Communication Technology and Art would also be an advantage. Entry requirements for all qualifications are subject to a reference from your previous school or place of study
A Levels are assessed via external examination and assessed practical piece (production of a prototype and research portfolio).
Careers & Progression
Many progression pathways open up beyond studying at A Level. Academic progression would be through either: BA (Hons) in Product Design - concentrating on the design of innovative products, systems and services, including consumer goods, electronic gadgets, sustainable products, sports and healthcare equipment, packaging and transportation; BSc (Hons) in Product Design - concentrating on the design of products for manufacturing, digital, industrial, electronics and medical applications, placing technology and scientific advancement at the core of the design process or BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design - developing innovative designs for the consumer market, in areas of commercial and domestic furniture, interiors, lighting and home-wares. Career pathways would be: Product Designer; Textile Designer; Furniture Designer; Interior and Spatial Designer or Architect.
Extra curricular activities
These will include visits to manufacturers of materials and products to view processes and procedures (both man-made and natural). The purpose of the visits will be to view the handling characteristics, as well as manufacturing systems from the design stage - through to delivery of the end product to the consumer.