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Product Design A Level at WQE

Course description

Normally students will be entered for the AQA A level Art, Craft and Design - 3D Design (product design) examination.
Product design is seen as a creative process that considers human needs and responds to them. The course encourages the development of specific skills and knowledge associated with product design including research, analysis, drawing, making and testing prototypes along with evaluation and reflection of progress and outcomes. The core element of the course is based on the creative design processes (how to design) and the innovative use of materials.
You will have the opportunity to look at all aspects of the designing activity, investigating and solving problems of a practical and theoretical nature, and developing a critical awareness of design history and context. Design ideas are expressed through a process of drawing and modelling including CAD and CNC manufacturing. You will be instructed in the use of a wide range of tools and equipment and the practical use of a range of materials.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard College entry requirements this course normally requires a student to have achieved grade 4 or above in a GCSE Art and Design course or grade C in GCSE Design and Technology.

Students who have not had the opportunity to study an art or a design course at GCSE can bring a portfolio of artwork to interview and at enrolment we will ask you to do a short drawing task.


Component 1 (personal investigation) makes up 60% of the final grade and provides students with the opportunity to explore materials and experiment with their use. There will also be a personal study related to developing themes and involves a written element of between 1000 and 3000 words.
Component 2 (externally set assignment) assesses student’s ability to work independently in response to a chosen starting point and makes up the remainder 40%. Students have a period of preparation in which to explore ideas, materials and processes before embarking on a making task that constitutes 15 hours of supervised work.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years