From the top 10 UK HE Design courses an average of 65% of graduates were in their chosen career within six months of graduating. Jobs include: product designer, interior and spatial designer, exhibition designer, clothing/ textile technologist, automotive engineer, graphic designer, materials engineer and many more.
Product Design A Level is equally divided between two aspects of learning: Subject Knowledge (Component 1) and Creativity (Component 2).
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology (Final Exam 50%)
Students will be required to acquire knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials; including modern and smart materials, and processes used in product design and manufacture. They will be required to develop an understanding of contemporary and historical industrial design and manufacture. Students will gain a good working knowledge of health and safety legislation. They will be expected to analyse critically and show insight into how technology and industry impacts today’s world.
Component 2: NEA Independent Design and Make (2 year coursework 50%)
The purpose of this component is to undertake a substantial design and make project which will test candidates’ skills in researching, designing, making and evaluating a prototype. The term ‘prototype’ means an appropriate working solution to a need or want that is sufficiently developed to be tested and evaluated (for example, full-sized products, scaled working models or architectural models).
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE at grade 6 or above in a related subject, RMT, Graphics or Product Design or BTEC Art and Design at Distinction or Merit.
Courses leading from Product Design A Level include: Product/Industrial Design, Art & Design, Architecture/Interior Design, Graphic Design, Animation/Coding/Games, Apprenticeships in CAD, Fashion/Textiles, Film/TV, Marketing, Media/ Journalism.