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Product Design A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Studying Product Design enables students to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. It will enable students to develop their understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a range of materials. Students will study how materials are manufactured into products and increase knowledge of broader issues for design such as sustainability, ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design and consumer safety. Students will apply their knowledge of the subject content to design and make their own product.

Course content


Students will learn about the following topics: materials and their application; material properties; product development and improvement; inclusive design; ergonomics and anthropometrics; design illustration and communication; CAD/CAM; efficient use of materials; health and safety; feasibility studies; design for manufacturing, maintenance and repair; intellectual properties; enterprise and marketing; design methods and processes; design theory; how technology and cultural changes can impact on the work of designers; design processes; critical analysis and evaluation; selecting appropriate specialist tools, techniques and processes; accuracy in design and manufacture; how to evaluate products, taking into account the views of potential users; responsible design; approaches to project management; design for manufacture; national and international standards in product design, the use of adhesives and fixings; finishes and coatings; forming, redistribution and addition processes; industrial and commercial practices; modern manufacturing systems.


Students will be involved in designing and making a product. Students will have to produce a written design portfolio and a manufactured outcome (45 hours). The coursework will be internally assessed.


There are two exams, each 2 hours long. Paper 1 consists of short questions, multiple choice and extended response questions. Paper 2 consists of short answer questions on product and two extended responses to commercial manufacture. The design portfolio and manufacture is worth 50% of the course.

Future opportunities

3D Product design could take you into a number of exciting career paths such as product design, industrial design, engineering, automotive design, architecture, teaching, manufacturing, CAD technician.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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