Product Design A Level

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Product Design is focused towards consumer products and applications. Analysing products in respect of materials, components, and marketability to understand why they have been selected. Students will also learn the differences  between industrial and commercial practices of product development. 


Students will be able to identify requirements, learn from existing products and practice, explore issues regarding wider issues, develop design thinking and communication, investigate materials and have a better understanding of technical requirements and manufacturing processes/techniques. 

We encourage all our students to undertake work experience to allow them to make links between what they are taught in the classroom and how it can be applied to various job roles in the real world. The school has contacts with a number of businesses within the local area as well as further education providers. Visiting ambassadors from local universities also add to the educational experience of students.

How will it be delivered?

The course comprises of 3 elements. Two exams and one Iterative design project.

Written Paper 1 - Principles of Design. 26.7% (80 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes.

This paper is set out through four sets of questions that predominantly cover technical principles within each endorsed title. Learners will be required to: • analyse existing products • demonstrate applied mathematical skills • demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques • demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

Written Paper 2 – Problem Solving in Design. 23.3% (70 marks) 1 hour 45 minutes.

This component has a series of longer answer questions that require learners to demonstrate their problem solving and critical evaluation skills. Learners will be required to: • apply their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products • demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.

Non-Exam Assessment – Iterative Design Project. 50% (100 marks) 65 hours.

The ‘Iterative Design Project’ requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSEs Grades in the range of 9-4, including English and Mathematics at minimum grade 4 and Design Technology, Mathematics and Physics at a minimum Grade 6.

Your next steps...

Product Design is a practical and valuable subject. It enables young people to actively contribute to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of themselves, their community and their nation. It teaches how to take risks and so become more resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable. Students that chose to study this subject, will be the people to solve the worlds issues regarding innovation and problem solving. This could lead to various Design careers including engineering.