The A level Product Design course is designed to build knowledge and skills gained on the GCSE course. It is often taken with subjects such as Maths, Chemistry and Physics, or other design related subjects such Art or Graphics.
During the first year all students complete practice projects. The first two are short skills building projects designed to build confidence with designing and making in readiness for the major project. The major project is often themed around a context of the students own choosing, where students are always encouraged to think commercially and adopt their own external expert client.
The exam content is focused on materials and manufacturing techniques and is split in to two separate exams - one based on technical principles and the other applied to designing and making.
The final year comprises of one coursework project. Again a commercially viable project must be devised by the student. The brief is entirely of their choosing. Much emphasis is placed on a creative approach to design work, followed by development which focuses on feasibility and manufacture.
6 grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least a grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
5 or above in a Design/Art based subject or an interview to look at a portfolio of work (maximum of 2 Design subjects).
Many A Level Product Design students go onto undergraduate courses in creative felids. Courses includes Product and Industrial Design, Architecture, Jewellery and fashion, Furniture and Interior Design, Engineering.
Recently the subject has been popular 4th AS choice for students wishing to develop and demonstrate lateral thinking and creative problem solving desired by University courses such as those in Medicine, Accountancy and Law