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Product Design A Level at Bristol Free School

Course description

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives you the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoy opportunities to put your learning in to practice by producing products of your choice. You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. Product Design allows you to focus on a range of specialisms; mixing contemporary and traditional approaches to manufacture, whilst learning about the complex relationships between designs, materials, manufacturing and marketing. There are various specialists involved, including textiles, graphics and resistant materials. It is an increasingly digital and multi-skilled subject, requiring a degree of proficiency in a range of multimedia, as well as traditional skills of making. As such, product design is perfect for those who want to combine theory and practical activities. It is for students who enjoy exploring new and innovative techniques in design and creating objects that have a positive effect on people’s lives.

Course content

The course intertwines theoretical design principles with the development of a deep-rooted understanding of materials and their application. This will be achieved through a range of focused practical tasks, live design briefs and independently selected projects. Practical lessons will make full use of the specialist workshops, tools and equipment.

Entry requirements

Must include a B grade or above in Product Design or a B grade and above in Art.


- Core technical principles and core designing and making principles – written exam paper (25%)
- Specialist knowledge (Textiles, Graphics or Resistant Materials), technical and designing and making principles – written exam paper (25%)
- Design and making practice – course work portfolio (50%) level

Future opportunities

The world of Product Design is an ever-changing environment with exciting and innovative possibilities. Developing your problem-solving skills, logical judgment and an awareness of the world we live in. It offers a pathway into a broad range of creative and diverse degree courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Free School directly.

Last updated date: 18 August 2017

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