A-Level Product Design
Product Design focusses on two main strands including architecture and product concept design. Studying Product Design will equip students with the skills for careers in product or graphic design or architecture.
“The goods of today are the resources of tomorrow at yesterday’s resource prices” Walter Stahel
Automatic entry onto Level 3 courses includes students achieving 5 x A*-C or equivalent at GCSE alongside a grade 5 or above in both English and Mathematics. Students with either English and/or Mathematics at grade 4 or below will have individual meetings to determine the most suitable pathway within sixth form.
Students will complete an internally assessed “portfolio of creative skills”. This portfolio is separated into three sections: Product Investigation, Design and Manufacture. The entire course is immersed with sustainability and environmental impact, meaning all design decisions need to include this for the highest possible grades. Students will firstly investigate products, producing an in-depth analysis on materials, manufacturing processes and quality control and assurance measures.
Within the design section, they will use a range of graphical communication techniques to design concept buildings and products. In addition to designer tools like magic marker pens they will also explore industry standard software including Autodesk Inventor and Revit and Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign.
Finally, students manufacture their own packaging product and concept child tracking device. This will explore a range of different tools, equipment and processes.
Students will also have opportunity to develop their understanding of materials, commercial processes, quality and health and safety.
Ways to help my child succeed
- Access to ICT and a computer will allow students to work on the many different software packages in their own time to enhance work.
- All useful work is shared digitally using Google Drive by the Product Design team.