Product Design A Level at Blenheim High School
A level Product Design is for those who are interested in designing the products of the future and pursuing a design based career. It is for those who enjoy sketching, drawing, being creative, working with a range of materials, manufacturing 3D products and carrying out practical tasks. It amalgamates a practical approach with the relevant theory required to understand, refine and construct innovative and diverse products. We encourage students to embrace new technologies and take risks with their design work. Product Design is a well-respected subject and helps students develops many of the transferable/soft skills Universities, Employers and Colleges are looking for.
You will design and make a prototype based on a context released by the AQA exam board. These range from designing using natural forms to educational products. You will also be expected to study a range of theory topics from both Resistant Materials and Graphics (these will provide the basis of the knowledge required for the AS exam).
You will also learn about the ‘designed’ world around you, and how everything has been created with a purpose, function and user in mind, even the simplest of products.
The course is assessed through two examinations and a substantial design and make task. Both examinations are 25% of the overall A level and are 2 hours in length. The design and make task is 50% of the overall A level and should take in the region of 45 hours.
Studying Product Design naturally leads to ways of extending learning outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged to conduct primary research and experience products and events firsthand. In Year 12 students visit Ikea independently to carry out research that will inform their lighting design task. Students in Year 13 carry out their own research specific to their project. This has included trips to the local forge, attending ‘Bikefest’ at the NEC, working with and finding a business client and visiting the local Sea Scout Centre to find out about and test canoes. Allied to this, we offer a trip to the renowned Design Museum in London and support entries into national competitions.
Many students who have studied Product Design have gone on to successfully complete degrees at Russell Group Universities and we regularly send students to study Design at Loughborough, one of the top Universities in the country. If you study Product Design you open yourself up to a whole host of career prospects. Study a Design based degree. Work in the Design Industry; this could include Product, Industrial, Interior, Garden, Environmental and Engineering Design. It could also lead to Architecture, Construction and many other types of Engineering. You will also develop analytical, evaluative and creative skills that will be of benefit in the future.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blenheim High School directly.