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Product Design AS & A level at Brentside High School

Course description

Product design is both a practical and a theoretical subject. It seeks to develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. You will be given the opportunity to develop your creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of materials and processes used in design and technology.


The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products. You will become aware of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design. 

Entry requirements

Grade B in any GCSE art & design subject or Merit in any level 2 BTEC art & design subject


AS level is assessed by two examinations. One is a practical design and make project that is internally assessed. You also sit an externally assessed examination. 


A level is assessed by a second internally assessed design and make project and an externally set examination.


Examination board: AQA 

Future opportunities

This course aims to develop your creativity, capability and entrepreneurial skills; to apply knowledge and understanding to a range of technological activities and to develop your critical thinking and collaborative skills. Product design combines well with mathematics and physics where further study in engineering is the aim. Other subjects that complement product design are art, English, business studies and ICT. Product design students often go on to take degree courses in the following areas: 3D product design, industrial design, architecture, model making, systems design, graphical design, packaging design, exhibition/display design, engineering (mechanical, structural and electronic), furniture design and manufacture, cabinet making, interior design and antique restoration.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September