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Product Design AS/A2 Level at Huish Episcopi Science College

Course description

Throughout the course the design aspect is an integrated process that involves the consideration of human needs which produces a response in the form of a 3D artefact/product. Creative imagination and an understanding of how technology can be used is the key to success. Product Design will help you become a critical and creative thinker.

You will become an informed user of products and become a designer and innovator. You will study the design of real artefacts so that you can participate in today's and tomorrow's rapidly changing technological world. Product Design combines well with Maths and Physics where further study in engineering is the aim. Other subjects that complement Product Design are Art, English, Business Studies, ICT and Music.

Course content

The course covers a wide range of activities focussing on what is good design, process/ manufacturing skills, graphical techniques, modelling, aspects of design theory, materials technology and CAD/CAM. Subject knowledge reading is an expectation
Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application. (2 hours exam, 40%).
Unit 2: Designing and Making – minor project. (45 hours course work, 60%)

Building on the knowledge and skills learnt at AS the expectations are that students will become more autonomous learners and establishing their own identity in design to create high quality products for a given market. Unit 3: Design and Manufacture - (2½ hours exam, 40%). Unit 4: Design/Making – major project – folio and 3D artefact. (60 hours, 60%)

Entry requirements

Ideally you should have previously gained at least a B grade in Resistant Materials, Product Design, Graphics, Electronics or Textiles. Students who have a GCSE grade C in any of the above may also be considered on an individual basis.


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Future opportunities

Studying Product Design can lead you into degree level product design, both industrial and architectural. Mechanical and Structural Engineering along with Furniture Design, Graphical Design and Packaging Design are also future career paths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Huish Episcopi Science College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years