Product Design

Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by designing and manufacturing products with the use of CAD/CAM and other practical applications.

Course Overview
Year 1

What's assessed

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

How it's assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 100 marks, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Year 2

Paper 2 - What's assessed:

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

How it's assessed: Written exam: 2 hours, 25% of A-level

Questions: Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Section A:  Product Analysis, up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture, mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA).  What's assessed:  Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

How it's assessed: Substantial design and make task, 45 hours, 100 marks, 50% of A-level

Evidence: Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.


Degree courses offer a variety of pathways into FE. Apprenticeships can vary from international opportunities with BAE for example, to local designers and manufacturers. Internships in many aspects of technology are also commonplace.


Textile technology; cybernetics; consumer science; product design; electronics; medical technology; dental technology; building crafts; architecture; vehicle design; furniture making; structural engineering; printing; vehicle maintenance; sign making; structural engineering.


Further Opportunities

You may wish to experience working directly with industry during the Product Design course. The Engineering Education scheme allows you to work in a team to solve a real life scenario introduced by Rolls Royce PLC. The team will work closely with professionals to design and possibly manufacture a product/system that fulfills the specification provided by the company.

Included in the scheme is a 3 day residential at a local university. This will provide an opportunity to use the advanced facilities and also tap into the in depth knowledge of the staff to support the progress of your project. Following the successful completion of the scheme you will be awarded the gold crest award. The crest award is recognised in industry and is also extremely powerful during the UCAS application process.

This course, for me was a natural extension to what I undertook at GCSE, it gave me the freedom to work more independently on projects that I personally identified.

Sam Pine

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

GCSE Product Design Grade 5


50% exam based and 50% course work 

Opportunities for work-related activities:

You will be given the opportunity to gain work experience in various areas of the Design and Technology field. You will also be asked to attend various visits to outside relative agencies. There will also be opportunities to work on projects with Rolls Royce


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