A-LEVEL Product Design


This course is designed to inspire and challenge students who have a passion for creativity, problem-solving, and innovation. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, students will develop a deep understanding of product design principles, materials, processes, and technologies. Throughout, students will engage in a combination of classroom learning, practical workshops, and independent project work.

Subject requirements:
Minimum GCSE of 5 in a Design & Technology subject, English & Maths.

Technology Area Coordinator/Teacher to contact - Mr J Duddy

Course Content:

Our Product Design course begins with an immersive blend of hands-on projects and theoretical lessons, aimed to nurture a widespread development of skills and knowledge. Through active involvement in practical projects and theoretical exercises, students not only boost their confidence but also deepen their understanding across pivotal domains such as design principles, materials science, manufacturing processes, and core theoretical concepts. This integrated approach serves as a robust foundation, equipping students for both the main Independent Design and Make Project (component 2) started later in year 12 and the final written exam (component 1) that concludes the course.

For the Independent Design and Make Project, students are tasked with developing a unique product that addresses a real design challenge for an authentic client. The project mirrors the processes prevalent in professional design industries, ensuring relevance and applicability in real-world scenarios. Serving as the cornerstone of the course, this project provides students with a platform to showcase their creativity and technical prowess. Throughout this journey, students engage in rigorous research, concept refinement, prototyping, and evaluation stages, ultimately culminating in the creation of a high-quality outcome accompanied by a design portfolio.

After the completion of the project work, the focus shifts to the written examination. To ensure students are well-prepared, we implement robust and specialised revision strategies.

Assessment Criteria:

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes (50% of the qualification)
Students cover core theory throughout the course. The exam is at the end of Year 13.

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project, 50% of the qualification. This component allows flexibility to choose a personalised area of focus. Coursework starts at the end of Year 12 and is assessed at the end of Year 13.

Project structure:

Section 1: Investigation skills, research & specification writing.

Section 2: Concept creation, development process & final design visualisations.

Section 3: Production planning & Manufacturing technique/skills.

Section 4: Evaluative and Analytical skills

Exam Board: Edexcel
9DT0/01 + 9DT0/02

Are you interested in:

  • Developing practical engineering, metal and traditional woodwork skills?
  • Applying mathematical and scientific principles in a practical way?
  • Using CAD software?
  • Traditional drawing techniques?
  • Working properties of materials?
  • The relationship between design and manufacturing?

Leading to a career in:

  • Structural Engineering
  • Mechancial Engineering
  • Industrial Design
  • Product Design
  • Furniture Design

This subject goes well with:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Click below to learn about the course from Product Design student, Will.


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