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Product Design A Level at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Course description

This course is all about becoming a designer. This qualification emphasises two key factors; creativity and sustainability. All modern designers have to consider sustainable issues when designing new products. Good design is vital to our world and economy and it is therefore important that we enthuse future designers with a passion for designing their futures. 

During the AS Product Design year one, units include a Portfolio of Creative Studies where you are given the opportunity to develop your creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigations, design and manufacturing activities. You will also study Design and Technology in Practice. In this unit you will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured in a real world context.

During the A Level Product Design year two you will study Designing for the Future. In this unit you will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. Sustainable product design is a key feature of modern design practice. In addition you will study Commercial Design. In this unit you are given the opportunity to apply the skills you will have acquired and developed throughout this course of study. The choice of design problem should have a real commercial use unless it has been specifically commissioned as a one-off. A key feature of this unit is that you will consider issues related to sustainability and the impact their product may have on the environment. 

The emphasis throughout the course is on developing your ability to tackle real world design problems. Key concepts are clearly explained and then applied to realistic situations which become increasingly complex as your confidence grows.

Course content

The Edexcel Product Design A-level is made up of four units:

Unit 1:

Portfolio of Creative Skills


60% of AS, 30% A2

Unit 2:

Exam: Design and Technology in Practice

40% AS, 20% A2


Unit 3:

Exam: Designing for the Future


20% A2

Unit 4:

Making: Commercial Design


30% A2


Entry requirements

Students will need a minimum of a B grade in a Design and Technology related GCSE, and a B in Maths.


Prospective students should have:

  • An interest in how things are made, and why things are made.
  • Creative flair and an ability to present ideas clearly.
  • ICT skills and a willingness to work with computers through CAD and CAM.
  • Dedication and independence to manage time effectively when asked to complete self- study.


Your progress will be regularly checked through in-class discussion and support, regular homework tasks and mock exams.

Teaching staff emphasise a positive learning environment where the importance of learning from mistakes is critical to your success. The aim is to ensure that by the time the real exams arrive you should be well prepared to perform to the best of your ability.

There are two external exams for A Level Product Design; the other two units are assessed through integrated coursework.

Future opportunities

This course prepares you well for all design related degree choices, it also provides a solid entrepreneurial experience and problem solving skills

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kensington Aldridge Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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