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Product Design A Level at Coombe Boys' School

Course description

This course involves investigating people’s everyday needs and designing and manufacturing a high quality product to provide a solution to those needs and evaluating its success. In the role of a product designer you can investigate design problems which range from the needs of individuals to meeting the requirements of clients or corporate organisations.

Alternatively you could find yourself designing for the needs of groups and societies such as developing nations where just basic survival is a struggle. Other groups might include the less able in society who need help with basic functions like making a hot drink or personal care. Almost everything that we experience is affected by design: our environment, our homes, the products we use. Good design is at the centre of our lives.

Entry requirements

We require you to have at least a grade B in a creative subject. These might include: Art & Design, Photography, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics and GCSE Product Design. Students need to demonstrate commitment to the folder and practical work as the distinguishing feature of this subject is its coursework and practical nature. Good ICT skills are needed for the major coursework project. It is advisable although not essential for students to have studied GCSE Design & Technology.


 AS Materials, Components and Application, Learning Through Designing and Making 25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper 25% of A Level - 50 hrs Coursework Project

 A2 Design and Manufacture 25% of A Level - 2 hr Written Paper 25% of A Level - 60 hrs Coursework Project

Future opportunities

Possible Careers include: Product Designer, Furniture Designer, Engineering, Automotive Design, Graphic Designer, Set Designer, Interior Designer, Architect, Marketing Consultant, Advertising, Jewellery Designer, Exhibition and Retail Designer, Image Consultant, Animator, Web and Media Designer, Illustrator and Model Maker.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 13 July 2015

Key information

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