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Wymondham High Academy

A Level Design Technology: Product Design

Course Information

Design Technology: Product Design

An A Level in Product Design enables you to develop a deeper understanding of how products are designed and manufactured. Encouraging independent learning, creativity, problem solving and innovation. You will design, develop and manufacture creative solutions to design contexts and gain knowledge and understanding of the technical and design principles for product design.

Students are equipped with design skills for the future, helping you to recognise and interpret design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impact on today’s world. We will encourage and nurture your creativity and innovation and aim to give you the confidence to produce creative design solutions as you develop your own design brief with a client and/or end user.

Career opportunities

Product Design will facilitate your application to university courses and also support you in the working world. The content is readily applied to real life job situations where technology skills are used and your knowledge and understanding will be applicable to new and emerging technology’s. Throughout the course, we will encourage you to develop an entrepreneurial attitude which challenges normal, conventional methods and will enable you to help form the future of design. This course will provide you with useful skills to support a wide range of career options such as a product designer, industrial designer, interior designer, spatial designer, automotive designer, architect, mechanical engineer, systems engineer, automotive engineer, aeronautical engineer and graphic designer... to name a few.

Entry requirements

It is expected that you are passionate about designing and have an aptitude for creativity and problem solving, and also a sound knowledge of materials and commercial manufacturing techniques. Students can be accepted from GCSE Design and Technology or Product Design. Typically, you should have gained a grade 6 for your appropriate GCSE subject as this course is demanding. It is also recommended that you have achieved a minimum of grade 6 for Mathematics/ and a minimum of grade 6 for Science (math’s and science contribute 15% to the new exam). The course will equip you with the skills and tools you need to begin a career in the Design industry after you graduate. You will also need enthusiasm, commitment, independence, an open creative mind and a willingness to learn.

Longterm Curriculum Learning Plan - Year 12 - Product Design 

Longterm Curriculum Learning Plan - Year 13 - Product Design