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A Level Product Design at Beauchamp College

Course description

The A level Product Design course is designed to build knowledge and skills gained on the GCSE course. It is often taken with subjects such as Maths, Chemistry and Physics, or other design related subjects such Art or Graphics.

During the first year all students complete practice projects. The first two are short skills building projects designed to build confidence with designing and making in readiness for the major project. The major project is often themed around a context of the students own choosing, where students are always encouraged to think commercially and adopt their own external expert client.

Course content

The exam content is focused on materials and manufacturing techniques and is split in to two separate exams - one based on technical principles and the other applied to designing and making.

The final year comprises of one coursework project. Again a commercially viable project must be devised by the student. The brief is entirely of their choosing. Much emphasis is placed on a creative approach to design work, followed by development which focuses on feasibility and manufacture.

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature and at least a 5 in your chosen subject if studied at GCSE.

5 or above in a Design/Art based subject or an interview to look at a portfolio of work (maximum of 2 Design subjects).


30% Exam 2hr 30 mins written paper Technical Principals. 20% Exam 1hr 30 mins written paper Designing and Making Principals. 50% Coursework

Future opportunities

Many A Level Product Design students go onto undergraduate courses in creative felids. Courses includes Product and Industrial Design, Architecture, Jewellery and fashion, Furniture and Interior Design, Engineering.

Recently the subject has been popular 4th AS choice for students wishing to develop and demonstrate lateral thinking and creative problem solving desired by University courses such as those in Medicine, Accountancy and Law

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 yrs