Shireland Sixth Form


A Level Product Design

Course Overview

Studying the course

Product Design is a broad and varied subject that encompasses a broad range of skills from creativity and designing to project management and resource planning. Product Design has become ever more popular with universities citing the fact that it encourages students to think outside of the box and more creatively to solve problems, problem solving being a key skill recognized by universities. Studying Product Design at Shireland encompasses a broad range of areas that will encourage you to think about social and ethical issues, material sciences, manufacturing techniques, which are studied alongside the coursework and practical elements of the course. In 2016 the government identified that the UK needs over one million new designers and engineers in order to continue to lead the world in this field, as such Product Design has become an extremely popular route for students to take through to university, and the skills learner on this course will support your future in design or engineering.

Career pathways

Graduates of Product Design are highly employable due to the broad varitey of practical skills learned. Graduates can expect employment in the following fields; Product Design, Graphic Design, Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Project management careers, Skilled labour.

Course overview

The course comprises of four units which are split over the two year program.

Component 1
· Design and Technology in the 21st Century, developing a broad understanding of issues related to designing, material sciences and manufacturing techniques.

Component 2
· Design and make task, an design engineering based coursework module that encourage students to think functionaly about design.

Component 3
· Design and Technology in the 21st Century, development of AS theoretical elements including legislation, human repsonsiblilty, public interaction and industrial and commercial practice.

Component 4
· Design and manufacture a product that is innovative and new, students are required to explore a problem and use prototyping to develop a credible solution.

Course assessment

You will be assessed by one examination per year representing 50% of the qualification, and one project based extended piece coursework representing the remaining 50% of the qualification.