Product Design

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Subject Intent: Why Product Design?

From phones and drones to aeroplanes and buildings, in a world where every single product we look at or touch has been designed and manufactured, this course gives students a fantastic insight to how they are possible. Exploring wide ranges of materials, processes, user needs and environmental considerations, students become familiar with the responsibility and demand on designers and manufacturers. Design Engineering offers learners the opportunity to build knowledge, skills and understanding about how products and solutions are possible and is a perfect stepping stone for students who wish to continue studies or work in any area of design or engineering.

Why should I study this subject?

Product Design, (like Design Engineering), is a subject with a focus on problem solving, the design process, material use, manufacture and all the elements which bring them together.

The main difference to note about this course compared to Design Engineering, (what I imagine might be the most common sort of question), is the focus/ demand of maths and especially physics. Whilst there is still an expectation of the understanding of certain areas (of maths and physics), Product Design has more focus on commercially viable products (through aesthetics and manufacture) and Design Engineering has a focus on engineered and mechanically/ electronically functioning products.

Although it includes significant theory, the course will suit a creatively minded student, who has an interest in working practically and creatively. The ability to draw and communicate the technical aspects of ideas is key as there is a focus on working with potential users and product stakeholders. A consideration of wider areas including social, cultural and environmental issues, along with links to other subjects like geography and business are also covered in the subject.

What will I study?

Students will spend Year 12 covering 9 topic areas (a combination of theory and practical), to build sufficient subject knowledge to, in Year 13, complete their own research, design, development and manufacture project. 

The breakdown of the course includes 2 exams (25% each) – (Principles of PD and Technical Understanding of PD), and an NEA (50%) which includes both design and practical work.

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What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.