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Product Design - A-Level at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

Everything which is man-made has been designed by a product designer, who shape the manafacturerd world. Designers have to be good observers of the world around them and be interested in technology and manufacture, they also have to understand how products fit the human form and be interested by smart materials and disruptive technology. Essentially this course is about improving the way we live through design and problem solving.

Course content

In the first year, you will look at skills development and theory content and the second year will include your major project and preparation for the written exam paper. The two key components of the course are as follows:

Component one - principles of design and technology:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics
  • Influence of key historical movements on modern design thinking
  • The impact of design on the environment and on society together with sustainability mathematica and scientific principles

Component two - independent design and make project:

  • Undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate a project
  • Have consultation with a client/end-user, identify a design possibiltiy and design context from which they develop a range of potential solutions and then realise one in three dimensions
  • Apply knowledge and understanding in a product development process to design, make and evaluate prototypes
  • To use creativity and imagination when applying interactive design processes to develop and modify designs and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering others needs, wants and values
  • To adopt a commercial design approach to your work, reflecting how a professional designer might deal with a design problem and its resolution


Entry requirements

 3 GCSE grades B/5s and 3 GCSE grades C/4s.


Assessment is by coursework and written exam papers

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are an EU citizen.

Future opportunities

Students can progress to both art and technology based courses at university depending on their other A-Levels. Courses include art, product design, automotive design, interior design, graphic design, architecture and a variety of engineering degrees including computer-aided design.

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures that your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2018
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