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Examination Board

AQA

Entry Criteria

Grade 5 in GCSE Design Technology.

Assessment

Component 1- NEA – Substantial design and make project 50%
Component 2- Technical principals exam 30% (2hr 30)
Component 3- Designing and making principals exam 20% (1hr 30)

Why you should study Product Design

This is an exciting and in-depth course for students who want to develop their designing and making skills in a workshop setting. This qualification places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. You will use your creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering your own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Students should consider this course if they want to widen their expertise to cover:
Product design, Graphic design, Resistant materials and other creative paths.

Course Content

Component 1: NEA – Substantial design and make project

This is the practical element of the course where you will be required to produce a final prototype based on a context and design brief of your own. A general theme will be set by the exam board, however you will have complete ownership as to how and what you want to design. You will also be required to keep a portfolio that runs alongside the practical to evidence your design process.

Component 2: Technical principals exam

This is a written exam that combines both short answers and extended response answers. This exam will focus on your knowledge of:

  • Materials and processes,
  • The use of finishes,
  • Modern industrial and commercial practice,
  • Digital design and manufacture,
  • Product development.

Component 3: Designing and making principals exam

This is a written exam that combines both short answers and extended response answers. This exam will focus on your knowledge of:

  • Design theory
  • Designers and movements
  • Developments in Technology
  • Responsible design
  • Design for manufacture

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

Students are able to develop a full portfolio of work that can be used for University interviews. Product design can set you up for a career in a wide variety of industries such as fashion, engineering, architecture, information technology, careers in hospitality, and even education.

Popular careers for people with Product design qualifications include: product designer, architect, software engineer, graphic designer, civil engineer, and CAD engineer.