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Product Design: Resistant Materials A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

A successful student in Product Design would have a creative mind with a strong interest in design, and have good skills in manufacturing in at least one specialist area. It would be advantageous for the student to be able to communicate well through design presentation skills and have a strong interest in Computer Aided Design. The student would also require an inquisitive mind on how products are made and how they function. Students will need to be able to share their ideas with others and critically analyse existing products.

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What will I study?

The course is designed to enable you to develop a broad view of Product Design. It will help to increase your ability to design and manufacture full-sized, exciting and realistic products to meet a market need and also develop your appreciation of the complex relationships between aesthetics, design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

The course enables a full exploration of several material areas (e.g. paper and boards, smart materials, polymers, laminates and more traditional materials) and also requires students to be conversant in a range of production techniques and manufacturing processes from modelling and prototyping to mass and volume production. You will become confident users of Computer Aided Designing and Manufacturing equipment; develop your marketing and advertising skills; learn how to work as a team; enhance your intra and interpersonal skills and gain confidence using specialist manufacturing equipment to make high-end, quality products for real users. You will also develop graphic design skills through Adobe’s Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator).

How will I learn?

You will learn through a mixture of hands-on and research-based activities. The Product Design course draws on the experience of a number of professional designers who will work with you to develop your designing and manufacturing skills across a range of material areas. There will be a balanced mix of academic, applied and practical learning. Visits will be made to the Design Museum in London and the British Design Convention (BDC) Conference.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A*- C including grade C or above in relevant D&T subject, or a suitable portfolio of work


Both the AS and A2 are assessed through examination and coursework.

Future opportunities

You could continue to study to degree level in areas such as, Industrial Design, Product Design, Engineering, Marketing and Advertising, Architecture, Multimedia Design, Graphic Design, Model Making and Exhibition Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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