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Product Design GCE Advanced Level at The Milton Keynes Academy

Course description

The aims and objectives of the Edexcel Advanced GCE Design and Technology - Product Design are to enable students to:

  • Use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs.
  • Identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes.
  • Be open to taking design risks, showing innovation and enterprise while considering their role as responsible designers and citizens.
  • Develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world.
  • Gain an insight into the creative, engineering and/or manufacturing industries.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products that can be tested and evaluated in use.
  • Be able to make informed design decisions through an in-depth understanding of the management and development of taking a design through to a prototype.
  • Be able to create and analyse a design concept and use a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including mathematics and science, to inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology.
  • Develop the ability to draw on and apply a range of skills and knowledge from other subject areas, including the use of mathematics and science for analysis and informing decisions in design. 

Course content

 Theme 1:

During the 2 year course, students will study the topics below:-

  • Materials
  • Performance characteristics of materials
  • Processes and techniques
  • Digital technologies
  • Factors influencing the development of products
  • Effects of technological developments
  • Potential hazards and risk assessment
  • Features of manufacturing industries
  • Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
  • Current legislation
  • Information handling, Modelling and forward planning
  • Further processes and techniques.


Theme 2:

Over the two years students will build various small projects related to the 12 topics.


Entry requirements

5 or more A*-C grades (GCSE or BTEC equivalent) including grade 4 in English and 5 in Maths, with a B or higher in Design Technology. 


Theme 1:

Students will sit a written exam worth 50%.


Theme 2: 

Students will create one major project from the 12 topics in Theme 1 which is worth 50%

Future opportunities

A qualification in Product Design can lead to a career in areas such as:

  • Engineering (wide spectrum)
  • Architectural design
  • Product designer
  • Furniture design and manufacture
  • Interior designer

Further information


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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