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Product Design A Level at Poole High School

Course description

The UK needs Designers, Architects, Engineers and Design professionals. The UK design industry is the fastest growing employer in the country, worth an estimated £3.5 billion and due to its specialist nature; wages are amongst some of the highest. Today, 3 of every 5 products introduced to the market are designed by British designers. However, more people are retiring from the industry than are being recruited. This means more jobs for the next generation of designer.


Product Design is a subject based on a mixed curriculum of theory work and practical work, with the main focus being on the designing of innovative products for the modern market.   

Course content

•       Materials, Components and Applications

•       Marketing factors and New Product Development

•       3D Computer Aided Design and Engineering

•       Computer Aided Manufacture & Computer Numerical Control

•       Learning through Designing & Making

•       Designing and Making Practice

•       Design & Manufacture


Which students do well at A-Level Product?


•       … those who have an interest in designing and engineering

•       … those who want to pursue a career in design, architecture or engineering

•       … those with good problem solving and critical thinking skills

•       … those with good creativity and imagination

•       … those with a good understanding of Physics and Maths, and good English skills. 

Entry requirements

  • C in GCSE English
  • C in GCSE Maths
  • GCSE Product Design – Grade C 


•       AS – One written exam 50% (25% of A2)

•       AS – Controlled Assessment  50% (25% of A2)

•       A2 – One written Essay exam 50% 

•       A2 – Controlled Assessment  50%  

Financial information

Text books, tuition and course materials are provided free, however contributions are requested from parents for trips and visits that may support learning in school. Some students will be eligible for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, which is a government-provided fund for sixth form students facing financial hardship. It can help towards costs for travel, equipment (for example in PE or Food Technology), trips and books.

Future opportunities

Product Design will prepare you to progress from GCE into various Higher Education courses including Undergraduate Degrees in Product Design, Games Design, Engineering, Graphic Design and Architecture. Alternatively, it is a good way of gaining access directly into industry.   

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poole High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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