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Product Design

Course Content

This specification is to encourage you to take a broad view of design and technology in order to develop your capacity to design and make products. The following areas will be focussed on:

Initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes;

Develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials;

Develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials;

Develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills.

Therefore the work covered is intended to develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of the associated theoretical aspects, and enhance your capabilities working in related practical contexts.

The core content includes:

  • The main material groups - types, properties, finishes, fabrication and applications.
  • Manufacturing systems
  • The use of digital technology in designing and manufacturing processes
  • Commercial practice
  • Legislation
  • Health and Safety of designers, makers and the public
  • The impact of design and manufacturing on the environment
  • Value issues
Examination Details

At AS the GCE is made up of two mandatory units, which form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE.


Materials, components and application. Candidates complete a 2 hour examination paper worth 80 marks.


Learning through designing and making. Candidates produce a written design portfolio and manufactured outcome. This is a coursework component and may take a number of forms - a simple design and make assignment, 2 smaller projects or a portfolio of work.

The Advanced GCE is made up of the two mandatory units at AS and two further mandatory units at A2.


Design and manufacture. Candidates complete a 2 hour examination paper worth 84 marks.


Design and making practice. Candidates complete a written design folder and manufactured outcomes.

Career Pathways

On completion of the course students can progress on to university to study a wide range of creative and engineering based courses such as Product Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Fashion Design or Architecture.

Jobs directly related to a Product design degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Entry Criteria

5 x  A*- C  Inc. English & Maths and a GCSE Technology related qualification.