Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:2 Years


Who is the course for?

Product Design is a proactive and creative course, you will need to enjoy experimenting, testing and modelling with a wide range of materials, machines, tools and CAD software to get the most from this course.

Course Content

You will study a wide selection of products, the aim will be to understand why the materials chosen were used and how the product was manufactured.

During year one you will be taught how to work safely in a manufacuring environment, our main aim will be to ensure that you are able to use the machines and equipment safely and accurately while becoming more independent. You will design and make a functional product for a particular client and environment, the theme for this will be set by the examination board.

During year two you will study the bigger issues affecting design and the environment as well as designing and making a product of your own choice, this will extend the knowledge and skills aquired during year one.


Methods & Patterns of Assessment

Assessment will involve 2 written papers and a substantial design and manufactured project which will be worth 50% of the total marks.

There will be questions in the written papers that will require you to work out volumes, costs and areas of materials.


Financial Implications

Materials for research and modelling are provided free of charge. Students will need to pay for their final choice of materials that will be used to manufacture their final product.

You will need a digital camera or a smart phone (with USB lead) as photographs will be taken from the start of the course as part of your research. You will need a camera throughout the making stages.

You will also need to purchase a sketchbook (£5.00) and colour pencils, fine liners, rubber, sharpener, graphite pencils, 4GB USB and printing credit).

The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Where Could It Take Me?

Our students have gone on to study a wide range of subjects for different career pathways which include, Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Product Design Engineering, Product Design CAD, Furniture Design, Automotive Design and Architecture for example.

Entry Requirements

GCSE’s at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English. Although there are no additional entry requirments you will need an interest in designing and making. You do not need to have studied the subject before but the study of a Design and Technology subject or an Art and Design subject would be desirable.

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