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Product Design at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The Course:

AS       Unit 1 Prod1   Materials, components & application.

Unit 2  Prod2  Learning through designing & making.

A2       Unit 3  Prod3  Design and manufacture.

Unit 4 Prod4  Design and making practice.

A level Product Design is an advanced course for those interested in furthering their knowledge and experiences of the worlds of designing, manufacturing, production and creativity. The course will not only give the students the practical knowledge they need to design for a commercial market but also will develop their problem solving and practical capabilities.

Year 12

Time in year 12 is split between units one and two, 1 period a week devoted to the more theoretical side of the course and a further 4 periods spent on designing and making. Unit one will look at many areas of essential materials knowledge for any aspiring product designer, knowledge that will make their designs more effective and commercially viable. Unit 2 is the one in which our young designers get the opportunity to develop their creativity and extend their manufacturing skills. One or two advanced ‘design & make’ tasks will be tackled during the year each with a slightly different focus, as well as a piece of coursework that is assessed, worth 50% of AS grade.

Year 13

Time in year 13 will be predominantly spent on the major project, the extended piece of coursework that gives every student the chance to solve a real market issue by designing and manufacturing a solution to a problem they have identified as having commercial potential. With an exit exam that focuses on assessing all areas of the syllabus with structured essay type questions, and designing time will also be spent fine tuning skills in; Designing, presentation, technical analysis and annotation and product analysis and evaluation.


Maths, Physics (if you are aiming for most of the engineering degree courses). Art and IT are popular with Design and Technology students as skills learnt in one subject can be useful in another.


The Product design course is an excellent extension to GCSE Technology, Resistant Materials or Graphic Products. It is also the perfect introduction for those interested in specialising in the subject at University, whether it be in the field of Engineering, Graphics or the many and varied Design degrees; fashion or industrial. There have also been successful students who entered fields as diverse as dentistry and architecture. Whoever takes this course will be someone who can solve problems in a practical way and have a flair for creativity.

What next…

Virtually all Product Design students go on to take design based courses at university. We are particularly pleased with the number who are offered places at Loughborough and Brunel. By simply showing their graphic skills, it seems that we produce the calibre of student which they snap up.


Candidates whose work is of sufficient standard are encouraged to enter for several Design and Invention Competitions. Over £7,000 has been won by our students in recent years. Our students have won all expenses-paid visits to the Audi factory in Germany as well as exhibiting their ideas in nationally recognised exhibitions. Over many years we have built up a wide range of contacts in the field of Design and Technology. Sometimes we invite

speakers to talk to the Sixth Form. Occasionally the opportunity arises to visit Design or Manufacturing businesses locally.


Product design is at the heart of all design, growth and innovation around the globe. The language of design is an international one and England’s universities are well known and highly respected when it comes to producing the best designers and engineers. Our students regularly feed into this system and do so with ease.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.