Product Design

Key Stage






Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020






Design Technology

Course Content & Assessment

5 purpose built workshops, with resources for manufacturing in woods, metals and plastics. This includes CNC Milling machines and lathes, as well as a laser cutter. More traditional machinery is available such as wood/metal lathes, morticer, band saws, va

The opportunity to design and make products satisfying specific needs using a range of processes and materials does not exist elsewhere in the school curriculum.

This qualification emphasises two key factors – Technical Principles and Design and Make Principles. We want all students to explore ideas of originality and value, to question and challenge, to envisage what could be, but equally we need them to achieve the results that will progress their careers. British industry needs bright new engineers and designers, and this course offers the perfect opportunity to pursue a career in this area.

This is an academic course which also offers an opportunity for creative and hands on work. Students taking on this course will also demonstrate high level thinking and logic as well as mathematical ability, and the ability to communicate in a variety of different ways.
Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into: Technical principles Designing and making principles.

Technical principles Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes 120 marks 30% of A-level Questions Mixture of short answer and extended response. Designing and making principles Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes 80 marks 20% of A-level Questions Mixture of short answer and extended response questions. Section A Product Analysis: 30 marks Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s). Section B Commercial manufacture: 50 marks Mixture of short and extended response questions. The NEA Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. Substantial design and make project 100 marks 50% of A-level Evidence Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype

Entry Criteria & Progression

GCSE Grade 6 in Product Design.
GCSE Grade 6 in Graphics. A portfolio of work and interview process will be used to support applications, particularly if demand for the subject is high.

Higher education: Degrees in Product Design, Engineering, Design, Architecture, Automotive Engineering, and Interior Design.

Apprenticeships with Engineering and Design based industry.

Careers in the Construction industry.