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Product Design

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Our Product Design A Level  enables students to participate successfully and with confidence in an increasingly technological world. They will learn from the wider influences on the subject including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. 

You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of  your  choice.

What do we study? 

Core technical and designing and making principles, in the context of either fashion and textiles or product design developing additional specialist knowledge in relation to students’ chosen area, preparing them for progression into either higher education or careers in this sector.

The course specifications are modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices. The new qualifications place greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put your learning in to practice by producing prototypes of your choice.

Beyond the Classroom

Product Design is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. This specification encourages learners to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.

Where it might lead

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries.  You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Design skills and the ability to visualise new ideas can be useful in many roles such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing.