A Level Product Design

Duration: 2 Years
Exam Board: Edexcel
Entry Requirements: At least a grade B or above/ 6-9 in Maths and English

To be accepted on the two-year fast track A Level or BTEC programme students must have at least 5 GCSE’s graded 5-9 or equivalent qualifications. For A Levels This must include a grade 6 or above in the subject you plan to study.

Course Overview

This engaging course is based on the design and manufacture of products for everyday use. You must have a real interest in how the things around us work as well as how and what they are made from. Product Design requires both dedication and hard work to achieve success.

As the name suggests, the main focus is on the design of a variety of products. You will have the opportunity to work with a large range of materials and processes in order to produce your manufactured artefacts. In the first year, you will produce a number of scale models and working prototypes. In the second year, you will produce one major project with a full sized, working product as the outcome. Product Design students have left college to continue in education to study Art & Design Foundation courses or BA and BSc Degrees at University. Some courses include: Product Design, Architecture, Sustainable Technologies, Engineering, Fashion, Interior Design, Industrial Design, ICT, Animation, Advertising, Media and Marketing. Other students have gone on to Young Apprenticeship schemes and employment.

Course Modules

Year 1 and Year 2

  • Investigation and Clarification of Problems
  • Development of Design Proposal
  • Making / Modelling
  • Evaluation and Testing
  • Communication and Presentation


Graphic designer, Materials Engineer, Exhibition Designer, Advertising Art Director, Purchasing Manager, Production designer/theatre/television/film, Advertising Art Directing, Product designer.