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Product Design

Course Details
Dept - Design & Tech
Type of Qualifcation - AS / A2
Exam Board - AQA

Additional Entry Requirements -
Minimum Grade 6 at GCSE recommended

Course Content
A–Level Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.
This qualification allows students to follow various specialist pathways: resistant materials and graphics.
The course specification is split into three sections:
Style of Assessment
Paper 1: Core technical principles (25%)
In this 2 hour paper you will be tested on the core aspects of designing and making.
Paper 2: Specialist knowledge (25%)
In this unit you will be tested on the specialist knowledge from your chosen focus area; resistant materials or graphics.
Non–exam assessment (NEA) (50%)

In this unit you will undertake a substantial design & make task in your chosen specialist area. The context of the task will be set by AQA and the actual problem supplied by a client.
Whose kind of course?
Learning about Design & Technology strengthens learners critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real problems.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
As a product designer, you will learn the skills to design and make all aspects of products, using the latest smart materials, desktop publishing software and computer aided manufacture.
Career Prospects
Studying Product Design can lead to further Degree studies and careers in Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Web Design, Marketing and Project Management. It will also provide you with the skills to present your work more effectively in all aspects of your education and life. In addition, it will provide you with the skills to think creatively and independently to overcome real-life problems.