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Design Technology: Product Design GCE AS/A Level 3 at Fulston Manor School

Course description


Designing and developing a product to fulfil a need is at the core of Product Design. It might mean focusing on solving problems for a specific person or designing a product that performs a specific task. We use products every day and a lot more thought goes into their design than you may realise. Do you enjoy drawing and model making? Are you good at problem solving? Can you explain ideas with words as wells as pictures? Have you ever considered why products around you look and work the way they do? If so, you might have the right mind-set to study Product Design. Product Design is the ideal starting point for many higher education courses in 3D design and could easily lead to a career in architecture, interior or automotive design.



A-level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge, which can be separated into:

  • Technical principles

  • Designing and making principles

  • NEA (non-examination assessment)


    Students must also demonstrate maths and science skills.



Course content

Product Design (3D Design) aims to give aspiring designers a full understanding of the design process, techniques, theory and practice. Students undertake a variety of design projects that involve practical problem solving and materials exploration to develop essential design skills (including CAD/CAM).

The course encourages independent, innovative and creative thinking and aims to produce the designers of the future.

Entry requirements

A student would be expected to have achieved 5 GCSE’s at grade 9 – 5 and it would be preferable if this included at least a grade 5 in GCSE Design Technology. Following discussions with the teacher responsible for KS5, it may be possible for students who do not meet the above criteria to study this course.


Paper 1: Technical principles -30% of A Level

Paper 2: Designing and making principles -20% of A Level

NEA: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles - 50% of A Level

Future opportunities

Students will be able to enter a wide range of design related degree courses, or careers such as product design.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your CXK Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.


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: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Can be 1 or 2 years