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A Level Product Design - Block A @ The Leigh Academy at LAT16 Leigh

Course description

Product Design is a creative and stimulating subject that encourages students to develop a broad view of design and technology.  It enables the ability to design and make products whilst appreciating the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture, the history of design and the evolution of technology. 

Students will need to be creative, inquisitive risk-takers who are able to work independently to achieve best results; they will work closely alongside clients to meet self-generated or given briefs and will develop their communication, analytical and problem solving skills. The course offers separate theory sessions to support students learning and accessibility for the examination.  For students wishing to further their career in design, the course supports both foundation and degree subjects.

Course content

Students will cover a wide range of units and by the end of the course will be able to determine, classify and analyse a comprehensive range of materials and components; understand and analyse the necessity of designing for our surroundings, considering the environment, inclusiveness; consumer safety and technological developments and be familiar and confident with an array of manufacturing processes and fabrication methods at different scales of production.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE’s A*-C
  • Grade 7 in Mathematics
  • B or higher in GCSE DT, preferably Product Design


Each year you will be examined by a final written examination; a design portfolio, supported by a design thinking sketchbook and a practical product.

Year 1

  • DT 1: Exam, 2 hour paper.
  • DT 2: Design and Make Task

Year 2

  • DT 3: Exam, 2.5 hour paper.
  • DT 4: Major Project

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for an Undergraduate degree course at University.


Careers could include:

  • Product Designer
  • Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Product Buyer
  • Set Designer

Further information

Charlotte Gibson, DoL DesTign and echnology

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: 03 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years