Why study Product Design?

Product Design offers students the opportunity to develop their creativity, aesthetic awareness and practical skills. Students will study a range of materials and manufacturing processes and apply them to the design of their own products. Students will study the work of a range of designers, architects and inventors including Charles Eames, Phillipe Starck, Sir Norman Foster, Trevor Bayliss and Sir James Dyson.

The structure of the course allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes at AS Level, demonstrating their creativity, and apply these to a design and make project at A2 level. The specification seeks to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing products. They will also develop their research, analysis, product development, project planning and evaluation skills.

Course Requirements

At least five GCSEs at grade A*-C, passes in English and Maths including one in a DT subject

Course Outline
    AS Level Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills (60% of AS, 30% of A2) 

    Product Investigation (30 marks)
    Students investigate an existing product. Students will disassemble a product and analyse why? how? and where? It was designed and produced. Students will formulate opinions regarding the merits and drawbacks of the product.

    Design (30 marks)
    Students will write their own design brief, research the project, formulate design proposals and develop a product to the stage of production. Students can focus on an area of their own interest but typical projects may include furniture such as tables, stools and chairs or the redesign of products such as audio-visual equipment or cars.

    Make Product (30 marks)
    Students plan the production of a piece of practical work, selecting appropriate materials, tools and equipment. Students produce a finished practical piece that may or may not be linked to the focus of the prior design task.

    AS Level Unit 2 Exam: Design and Technology in Practice (40% of AS, 20% of A2)

    This unit is assessed through a one and a half hour written exam at the end of year 12. Students are expected to display a knowledge of materials including smart materials such as shape-memory alloys, polymorph, and smart dyes. They need to show an awareness of how designers work and issues facing modern designers today including pollution and sustainability.

    A2 Level Unit 3 Exam: Designing for the Future (20% of overall A2)
    Two hour exam at the end of Year 13.

    A2 Level Unit 4 Exam: Commercial Design (30% of overall A2)
    Students design and manufacture a product for a client. 

    How the Course is Assessed
      AS Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills
      Internally assessed 60% of the total AS marks
      AS Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice
      Externally assessed (1hr 30min exam) 40% of the total AS mark
      A2 Unit 3: Designing for the Future
      Externally assessed (2hr exam) 40% of the total A2 marks
      A2 Unit 4: Commercial Design
      Internally assessed 60% of the total A2 marks

      Links to Careers
        Product Design, Furniture Design, Vehicle Design, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design, Exhibition Design, Town Planning.

        Links to University

        Many universities offer an array of design related courses, including some of the top design establishments such as Brunel, Herriot Watt, Bournemouth and Ravensbourne. Courses include Product Design, Engineering, Industrial Design, Architecture, Graphic Design and much more.

        Syllabus: AS/A2 Product Design
        Examination Board: EDEXCEL AS PD 8GR01 A2 PD 9GR01
        More Information:     Ms T Deogan
                                            Mr A Hassan