GCE Product Design

Why Product Design?

'Design and Technology is about making things that people want and that work well. Creating things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.' James Dyson

This subject will provide you with opportunities to develop your practical skills, knowledge and understanding of the way products are designed, made and manufactured. The subject requires initiative, creativity, determination but most importantly the desire to develop even better solutions to meet the needs of clients. The course will also relate to and require understanding of core Mathematics and Science principles. The skills which Product Design will equip you with are highly sought after in the world of work and university.

Course Type: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Specific Entry Requirements:
Grade 5 in GCSE English or Maths
Grade B/6 or above in a GCSE Design and Technology subject
Course Assessment:
Students will take Examination 1 (30%), Examination 2 (20%) and complete a Non Examination NEA (50%) towards their final A level qualification.
Contact Curriculum Leader for more information:
Mrs James
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This course will prepare you for opportunities in:
All Engineering Courses, Product Design, Architecture, Management, Manufacturing, Ergonomics, Urban and Regional Planning, Education, ICT Courses such as CAD or CAM/CAM

Course Outline

Examinations x 2

Examination 1: 2.5 hours (120 marks)

  • Based on Technical principles
  • Worth 30% of the course- mixture of short and extended answers

Examination 2: 1.5 hours (80 marks)

  • Based on Designing and Making principles
  • Worth 20% of the course
  • Mixture of short and extended answers
  • Product analysis - worth 30 marks
  • Commercial manufacture- worth 50 marks

Non Examination Assessment (NEA)

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.

How it's assessed
  • Substantial design and make project
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A Level

Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.


Important Forms

Questions or Queries?

Should you have any queries or comments please contact Miss Duncombe (Sixth Form Admissions Officer) by either:

Email: sixthformadmissions@sandwellacademy.com

Or by post:

Sixth Form Admissions Officer,
Sandwell Academy,
Halfords Lane,
West Bromwich,
West Midlands,
B71 4LG.

Please ensure that the correct postage is paid for the size of envelope used.