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Product Design

Design & Technology
Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE recommended

Course Content

A Level Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.

This qualification allows students to follow various specialist pathways: resistant materials and graphics.

The course specification is split into three sections: (see Style of Assessment)

Style Of Assessment

Paper 1: Core technical principles (30%)

In this 2 hour paper you will be tested on the core technical principles of Product Design.

Paper 2: Designing and making principles (20%)
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

Non-exam assessment (NEA) (50%)

In this unit you will undertake a substantial design & make task in your chosen specialist area. The context of the task will be set by AQA and the actual problem supplied by a client.

Whose kind of course?

Learning about Design & Technology strengthens learner’s critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real problems.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*

As a product designer, you will learn the skills to design and make all aspects of products, using the latest smart materials, desktop publishing software and computer aided manufacture.

Career Prospects

Studying Product Design can lead to further Degree studies and careers in Product Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Web Design, Marketing and Project Management. It will also provide you with the skills to present your work more effectively in all aspects of your education and life. In addition, it will provide you with the skills to think creatively and independently to overcome real-life problems.