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Design & Technology: Product Design A Level at Mossbourne Community Academy

Course description

“Growing at almost twice the rate of the wider economy, our Creative Industries are well and truly thriving. Design is the UK’s fastest-growing creative sector and is worth £3.2 billion a year to the country’s economy. The Government needs to act to secure continued growth, not least by providing a proper creative education to ensure the workforce of the future.”

Creative Industries Federation chief executive John Kampfner

Thinking as a designer: You determine your own coursework projects and work as an independent designer, developing a professional relationship with your client.

Problem solving: A real emphasis is placed on design development through extensive modelling. You will utilise workshop equipment alongside 3D virtual modelling and new technologies to refine a design concept which meets your client specification.

Precision meets creativity: As a designer you are at the crossroads of a number of skills. We develop your creative skills in order for you to fully explore the form and function of your product. We train you to use precision engineering machinery so that you can realise your ideas in the form of a high quality fully functioning prototype.

Entry requirements

- Grade B in GCSE Design and Technology Resistant Materials
- Grade B in GCSE Graphic Products
- Distinction in BTEC Product Design.


The AQA exam board is used for Design & Technology: Product Design. You will submit a coursework portfolio worth 50% of your A-level grade. You will also sit 2 exams worth 25% each.

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Product design could take you into a huge variety of exciting career paths. The Russell Group of universities have identified Design and Technology as a useful A Level for studying the following subjects at their institutions: Mechanical Engineering, General Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Materials Science (including Biomedical Materials Science), Architecture and Teacher Training. Product Design can also be seen as a complementary subject for your other choices. The coursework project in particular provides you with great material for your UCAS personal statement; your choice of project could relate to your future studies in a way that would make your application stand out to admission tutors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mossbourne Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years