You will learn the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to help you to succeed in a variety of creative industries. By studying product design you will investigate the historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design, technology, science and engineering, and also get the opportunity to put your learning into practice by producing prototypes using a range of machinery, from lathes to 3D printers. In addition to this you will gain an insight into the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries, focus on developing your knowledge and experience of real world contexts and learn how to create and analyse a design concept.

This A-level can lead to degrees in subjects such as architecture, engineering, product design and industrial design as well as careers in areas such as interior design, product/industrial design and even set and prop design for film and theatre.


  • Materials and their applications
  • Performance characteristics of materials
  • Enhancement of materials
  • Forming, redistribution and addition processes
  • The use of adhesives and fixings
  • The use of finishes
  • Modern industrial and commercial practice
  • Digital design and manufacture
  • The requirements for product design and development
  • Health and safety
  • Protecting designs and intellectual property
  • Design for manufacturing, maintenance, repair and disposal
  • Feasibility studies
  • Enterprise and marketing in the development of products
  • Design communication

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Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C or 4 and above, including English and maths.

Interview Required.

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