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Product Design A Level at Cowley International College

Course description

Think about the world. Mobile phones, the car you would like
to drive and a building you admire. They have all been
designed by someone and these skills can be learned.
Students need creativity in order to imagine the product, but
they also need the knowledge about manufacturing, materials
and marketing.

Imagine a career where you have designed a new product
and see other people benefiting from using it. There are many
famous British designers whose products are used all over the
world e.g. James Dyson and his vacuum cleaners.

Course content

This course gives students the chance to get creative and
innovative as they develop product design skills and learn
about the complex relationships between design, materials,
manufacturing and marketing. Students will look at how the
latest innovations are being used in the next generation of

Students will carry out a major design project, producing a
design portfolio and a final product (previous products have
included models of a lamp, hand held gadgets, a child’s activity
centre and architectural models), as well as liaise with external

End of year exams will assess how well students understand
the design process, relevant materials and manufacturing

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are a good pass in a Design and
Technology GCSE, preferably a B grade. Students must also
have at least a C grade (grade 5) in both Mathematics and

Future opportunities

Product Design could take students into a number of career
paths: product design, automotive, CAD, Architecture,
teaching, manufacturing or advertising.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2017

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