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A Level Design & Technology Product Design at The Victory Academy

Course description

A course in Product Design offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for you to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contects relating to your personal interests.  Product Design will develop your interdisciplinary skills and capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.  This is a natural progression from any GCSE Product Design subject.  You are able to specialist in Graphics, Textils and Resistant Materials. 

You will study and explore working with different materials for specific functions and investigate designers, their influences and outcomes.


Course content


You will be set a project from a set design brief and will be expected to design and make a product from timber, metal, plastic or fabric.  Within this an in depth product analysis will have to be completed covering:

  • Designing and Innovation
  • Product Analysis
  • Materials and Components
  • Industrial and Commercial Practice

Component 1: Lighting

Design Brief: Design stems from the natural form.  You are expected to use nature to inform your designs, looking back at the historical design movements of Art Nouveau and Art Deco as a rich source of inspiration.  You will use nature to produce a lighting product which clearly communicated these influences.

Component 2: Lighting

Design and make task.


You will build upon your knowledge in the areas covered in year 12 which will be developed through a design and make task given by the examination board.  You will further enhance skills in independent learning and enquire skills to support your project, covering:

  • Human responsibility
  • Public interaction
  • Processes
  • Production systems and control

Component 1: Design & Technology in the 21st Century

Design Brief: Historical perpectives can play an importnat role in developing innovative styleing of products.  Undertake a thorough study of a wide range of products from a decade of your choice.  You will use this understanding to produce a product which connects people or extends function.

Component 2: Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Design and make project

Entry requirements

Students require at least 5 GCSE's at A* to C grade, including at least grade B in Technology, Grade 4 in English Language or Literature and Grade 4 in maths




Year 12

Component 1: Lighting

Written examination 2.5 hours - 25% of qualification

The examination includes a mix of short answer, structured and extended writing questions assessing learners knowledge

Component 2: Lighting - Design and make task

Non-exam assessment: approximately 40 hours - 25% of qualification

Year 13

Component 1: Design & Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 3 hours - 25% if qualification

The examination includes a mix of structured and extended writing questions assessing learners' knowledge.

Component 2: Design & Technology in the 21st Century - Design and make project

Non-exam assessment: Approximately 80 hours - 25% of qualification

Future opportunities

Product Design will lead you into Higher Education couroses related to a wide range of designer occupations including Architecture, Manufacturing, Engineering, Textiles, theatrical set design and interior design.

Further information

Course History:

The Product Design course at The Victory Academy has been achieving in the top 10% in Great Britain for the last four years.  It was highlighted in the last Ofsted inspection as an example of outstanding practice and is rated ALPS2 curretly.  Last year all students achieved above their expected grades and all were accepted onto university courses with one student taking a high level apprenticeship at McLaren F1.  This course also comes with a sister course of the industry standard 3D modelling software; SolidWorks.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years