A Level Product Design

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTSGrade B in a Design Technology GCSE subject. If you have not previously studied this subject at GCSE, a grade 5 or above in art.  You must also have good practical skills.
CONTENT OF COURSE
The subject builds on the experience gained at GCSE and allows you to further your studies through various product design activities, covering a wide range of materials and processes, including modern smart materials and emerging technologies like 3D printing.
Year 12 involves developing both your design and practical making skills and knowledge through a number of given small projects, alongside learning about commercial processes.
Year 13 is mostly spent on one substantial design and make project, of the student's own choice, with exams about commercial design and manufacturing knowledge. 
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS
Two exams of two hours each, testing you design, materials and manufacturing knowledge as well as a coursework design and make projects (worth 50% of the A level).
SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSION
This course is a natural progression from GCSE resistant materials and graphic products. Students progressing from art graphics have also done well at this subject, but have more materials and processes work to cover. Students tend to link it with art for design careers or with maths and physics for engineering careers.

Career opportunities include any design or engineering based course, such as design for industry, 3D product design, graphic design, furniture design, design in mechanical, transport, architectural, and aeronautical engineering.

Universities recognise design as a good qualification for many other courses as well as those which are purely design related. This is because the coursework undertaken provides students with evidence of all key skills, and shows their ability to problem solve and manage a large project. The coursework portfolio often forms the basis of interviews.

Increasingly, apprenticeship providers prefer students to apply at 18, after doing A levels.  This subject therefore provides a good grounding in general practical and design skills and the project undertaken has often been the reason why students have gained an apprenticeship over other candidates.