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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code DPR-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4+/C+ or above, including English Language and Maths.

  • What does the course involve?

    Through a combination of practical design activities and theory you will gain a thorough understanding of the processes involved in turning ideas into functional products and in doing so strengthen your critical thinking and problem solving skills. You will develop your creativity and technical expertise to turn your ideas into real, marketable products. Over the 2 year course you will learn how to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/products.

    You will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products and systems, and their impact on daily life and the wider world and gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of materials, components and processes associated with the creation of products. In Year 2 the ‘Iterative Design Project’, which makes up 50% of your A Level, will require you to undertake a substantial project focussed on the processes of explore, create and evaluate. You will identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of your own choice for this project.

  • How is the course assessed?

    In addition to the ‘Iterative Design Project’ in Year 2 there are 2 written exams that make up 50% of the course.

  • Additional Notes

    Many students go on to study for degrees in Product Design, Industrial Design, Design Engineering, Architecture and Engineering disciplines. Can lead to employment in the Creative, Engineering and Manufacturing disciplines; a number of students have moved to apprenticeships in engineering.

  • Further Information

    Students have the opportunity to take part in the Engineering Education Scheme which links teams of students with local industries to work on real engineering and technological problems. This six month scheme provides you with an in-depth experience so that you can make an informed decision about your future studies and career.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

A Level Product Design (Maths, Physics)
Previous school: The Priory School

Product Design gives you a lot of options for your future. I enjoyed the project where we had to make something out of a generic Ikea stool – I created an adjustable table. After College I would like to do an Apprenticeship with JLR.

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