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Product Design A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

Product Design at Allerton Grange School encourages students to consider the wider issues of how design and designers affect the world around them. Through design and make assignments students develop understanding of the role of the designer as an independent practitioner and the role of the designer in the commercial setting. Students will develop high level making skills and develop skills using the excellent AGS CAD CAM suite. Most of all you will learn to question why products are successful and why companies like Apple release a new iPhone so frequently. It gives students a wider view of the world which prepares them well for future learning.

Course content

In Year 12 students complete 3 short and focused projects designing and making jewellery, a picture frame and scaled point of sale display.

Alongside this students learn about material properties and manufacturing. They also begin to enquire about the market influences that pull designers toward sustainable design, inclusive design and ergonomic design and ensuring customer safety.

In Year 13 students complete a 'Major Project' of their own choosing, they will be guided by tutors toward a successful solution using all the skills they have previously acquired.

Alongside this students build upon knowledge gained in Year 12 to consider the role of the designer and technology as a whole upon society.

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

All entrants will be considered on the production of:

a successful design folder


a 4 or above in a D & T subject


a 4 or above in Art GCSE


a BTEC level 2 merit/distinction in Art & Design



Unit 1 - 2 Hour Exam   25% (Year 12)

Unit 2 - Design and Make assignment   25% (Year 12)

Unit 3 - 2 Hour Exam   25% (Year 13)

Unit 4 - Design and Make assignment   25% (Year 13)

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course except materials and visits relating to study.

Future opportunities

You may go on to a wide variety of design related university courses including architecture, product design, furniture design, landscape gardening, fine art, set design, usually through an art foundation course.

Further information

'Studying Product Design gives you a different perspective on what you need and want from a product. It develops skills in computing that you won't get anywhere else. It gives you strategies to solve problems that you can use in other subjects.'

Jacob Stenton, Year 13 

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: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years

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