Exam Board – AQA

Qualification – A Level 7552

Entry requirements – GCSE grade 5 in a design and technology
subject, 5 in English, maths and science

Course specification

The A Level product design course has been developed to be a creative and thought-provoking qualification that gives students the opportunity to develop a high level of practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of creative careers and industries.

“Product design has helped me not only develop my technical understanding of our designed world but has also allowed my creativity to flourish in order to solve real life problems.”

– Student

Throughout the course students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by developing solutions to problems and client briefs.

A Level product design provides the opportunity for students to unleash their creativity based around a user-centred, iterative design process.

Exam – 80 marks, 50% of total marks
Design and make coursework – 80 marks, 50% of total marks

Students will be taught by staff who are passionate about and experienced in design. They will gain an understanding of what it means to be a real life designer working with clients, and delivering solutions to deadlines. Alongside this, they will develop the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers. This qualification will prepare students to launch
their design career into industry or further academic study at university.

What doors does this open up for me?

The A Level product design qualification is highly regarded by both employers and academic institutions. As such, on successful completion of the course students can pursue a career or further study in design by moving into areas such as architecture, product design, or graphic design to name but a few.

We have a long track record of successful students who take A Level product design at Tuxford Academy and go on to be successful at university and ultimately in an industrial context.

Learning journey

Our learning journeys can be used to understand each subject in more detail.

Product design