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Product Design A Level at PETROC

Course description

In an endlessly expanding consumer society like ours, product design is everywhere. This exciting field of study can lead to a wide range of career paths.

Course content

We have created this Product Design (3D Design) study programme to help you take a really broad view of design and technology. This fascinating qualification will develop your ability to design and make products and enable you to understand the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

You will explore construction materials in depth: natural woods, man-made boards, laminates and veneers, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, alloys, polymers, elastomers, composites, compliant, smart and modern materials and adhesives. Other important topics you'll study include environmental/ sustainability issues, ergonomics and anthropometrics, inclusive design and consumer safety.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto a two-year A Level programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language, as well as at least 3 other GCSEs at grade C or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade B; these are detailed in this prospectus and on the Petroc website.
Continuation onto Year 2 of the A2 programme will be dependent on achieving at least a grade D at AS in the subjects being continued to A2.

Grade B in Maths, plus grade BB in Double Science or grade B in Design Technology.


Unit 1: PROD1 Materials, Components and Application 50% of AS, 25% of A Level, two hour written paper and is 80 marks.

Unit 2: PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making 50% of AS, 25% of A Level, Coursework, approx 50 hours 80 marks written (or electronic) design portfolio Manufactured outcome(s)
Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work.

Future opportunities

Careers that this programme could lead on to include: 
• Consumer product design
• Marketing
• Industrial design consultancy
• Project planning
• Technical sales
• Furniture design 
• Buying interior/ exhibition design 
• Advertising and display design

Further information

The Engineering Department has well equipped workshops and access to Cad applications including AutoCAD and SolidWorks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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