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Product Design at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

This is a popular course that explores a wide range of design and manufacturing possibilities.

Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impact on today's world.  Students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client/end user.

The exam will allow students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of design, whilst the coursework provides an opportunity to express creative and technical abilities.

Maths and Science skills are fundamental to design and technology.  These will be embedded within the examination for this qualification.

Completing the course will provide students with the perfect foundation for a wide range of creative, practical and construction themed career paths.

Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

Students will be given the freedom to take design risks and innovate in a situation where it is safe to test and refine ideas, giving them the confidence.  They will explore a huge range of design techiques:

  • High level CAD development
  • Exploring visual language
  • Researching and developing resources
  • Exploring personal responses to given and own thesmes
  • Creative use of media
  • How to research and source inspiration from contemporary and historical sources
  • 3D and Computer Illustration
  • Analytical skills
  • Digital enhancement of design ideas
  • Use of new technologies


Entry requirements

Grade A-C or Level 9-5 at GCSE Design and Technology, a passion for Graphic/Product Design.  You need to be creative, imaginative and be able to work independently.


How will I be assessed at A Level?

  • Portfolio/Coursework 50%
  • Exam 50%

Financial information

Year 12/13: Materials: up to £40

Year 12/13: High capacity/quality flash drive - £15

Future opportunities

The creative industry is one of the biggest and most successful industries.  Additionally, the capactiy to find creative solutions to complex problems is one of the most sought after skills by employers.  There are many careers and opportunities associated with the creative industry.

Architect // Games Designer // Graphic Designer // Product Designer // Advertising Art Director // Automotive Engineer // Materials Engineer // Product Manager // Production Designer // Theatre/Television/Film // Web Design // Application Design and many, many more.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

  • Problem solving
  • Pattern drafting
  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • The ability to work to deadlines
  • Commercial and entrepreneurial skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The ability to use your initiative and work independently
  • Team working skills
  • Visual and spatial awareness
  • General and specialist IT skills, such as computer-aided design (CAD)

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: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 40