Product design

Why study product design?

Product design teaches students how to design and make products from a range of different materials. The aim of the course is to challenge students to develop innovation, flair and entrepreneurial skills. This course suits students who enjoy designing and making.

Students are encouraged to combine a range of materials including timbers, metals, plastics, packaging and textiles materials to construct a final solution.

Product design develops a wide range of skills that include ICT, CAD (computer aided design) and CAM. Product design also uses specialist technology, machinery and equipment that is being used in industry.

What will I learn?

This qualification is equivalent in size to one GCSE. It is a technical award designed for students working at Level 2 who want to include a practical and technical study of the art and design industry. It provides an introduction to the key themes of product design within the industry, enabling students to develop and apply their knowledge of the sector while also developing a range of relevant practical skills and techniques.

How will I be assessed?

The main difference of this course is that it is all controlled assessment with the exam being a practical one, set internally over 10 hours. There are four units of work to complete.

Future pathways and careers

  • Further education and higher education courses in a range of design and technology subjects
  • Industrial design
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing, advertising, or sales
  • Architecture
  • Interior and sustainable design

Examination board


For more information on product design, contact Mrs Carefoot via email:

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