This design and making course aims to extend students’ knowledge and understanding to solve design problems in the workshop and in industry. The course is designed to develop designing and making skills and appreciation of the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.


It is preferable to have a grade C or above in GCSE Engineering, GCSE Resistant Materials, BTEC Engineering or BTEC Construction, but not essential.


Do you enjoy problem solving, designing and making, being creative, experimenting, discussion and debate? Do you enjoy a subject where the answer is not always black or white? Would you like to design the products of the future?

If the answer to most of these questions is yes then you would enjoy studying Product Design at A Level.


In Year 12 students will undertake a series of different research, design and make tasks that will enable them to improve their practical skills and experiment with a wide range of new materials and techniques. The students then create a portfolio of evidence to meet the marking criteria, to include evidence of CAD/CAM and links with industry. The work is submitted as a folio and a 3D outcome. Students will develop their knowledge of designers and where possible will visit museums, galleries and industrial companies.

In Year 13 students will undertake a single substantial design and make project of the students’ choice and in their preferred material area. Written examinations will test students’ knowledge and understanding of different materials and components;

their working properties and how they are shaped, joined and manipulated in both the workshop and in industry, design and market influences and the design and manufacture of products for a mass market.


There are four assessments objectives within Product Design:

  • Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants.
  • Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose.
  • Analyse and evaluate: design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others; wider issues in design and technology.
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of: technical principles; designing and making principles. The structure of the course is such that students are given regular opportunities to try new skills, make mistakes and to practice exam questions to build up their experience and knowledge in advance of the modular exams.


This is an exciting course which could lead to Product Design, Industrial Design, Engineering and Design Degree courses, apprenticeships or simply to develop skills for employment.

It also supports Art/Graphics/ICT/Marketing/Media and Business courses.


Ms Yoxall          


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