A Level Design Technology: Product Design

The Product Design course is focused on the analysis of consumer products and applications in respect of materials, components, and marketability to understand their selection and uses in industrial and commercial practices of product development.

Product Design A level is designed to encourage students to:

  • Identify product requirements
  • Understand implications of wider design issues
  • Consider materials
  • Understand manufacturing processes and techniques
  • Understand and follow health and safety requirements
  • Learn from existing products and practice
  • Develop design thinking and communication skills
  • Increase technical understanding
  • Evaluate the viability of design solutions
  • Advance making skills

The course provides a suitable foundation for the study of design or design-related courses in higher education such as Engineering, Resistant Materials and the specific focus Product Design.

Complementary Courses

Product Design particularly complements studies in Sciences, Mathematics, Art and other creative subjects.



Unit 1: Principles of Product Design (25%)
Unit 2: Unseen Challenge (25%)
Unit 3: Coursework (50%)

Entry Requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics at grades 9-5)

Prior study of one of the Design and Technology subjects is advantageous.

Minimum C grade in a GCSE Design subject, if taken.


OCR A level Design and Technology: Product Design.