A-Level Product Design

Product design is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. There has also been a focus on ensuring the content reflects authentic practice, as best as it can within the school environment, giving an insight into the way that creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries function. Students are encouraged to make the connection between the knowledge, understanding and skills they develop and how this will benefit them in the future.

Learning about design at A-level strengthens learners’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real-world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values. The A Level qualification requires learners to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products.

The course is delivered over two years, with two terminal examinations at the end worth 50% of the A-level and a practical coursework element making up the other 50%.

The A-level can lead students into a range of further study options including design, engineering, architecture and marketing.