“The course has allowed me to develop academic knowledge and practical skills in one. It is so broad and varied. There is never a dull moment.”
Subject Specific Entry Criteria
Grade 5 in GCSE Design and Technology (other considerations regarding GCSE subjects taken can be made)
- Paper 1 – Technical principles (30% of A Level)
- Paper 2 – Designing and making principles (20% of A Level)
- Non-exam assessment – NEA (50% of A Level)
This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative and technical industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on Design and Technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing prototypes of their choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.
Possible Career Paths
There are many career paths that Product Design students have followed over the years including apprenticeships in engineering and architecture as well as continuing to a foundation course or straight onto a degree in a design related subject. The Russell Group of universities offer many different Design Studies courses such as Architecture, Graphic Communication and Product Design. Alternatively, students go onto apprenticeship programmes where they continue their education within the world of work. STEM careers offer great prospects for the future.
Trips to the V&A Museum, local Universities and manufacturing companies. Students are encouraged to work within the faculty outside of their timetabled lessons.