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Product Design

The Basics

  • Product Design is focused towards consumer products and their application
  • Gain knowledge of materials, components, and marketability
  • Learn about industrial and commercial practices in product development

Is this course for me?

Central to the content of this qualification is the requirement for learners to understand and apply processes of iterative design in their designing and manufacturing process. Product Design requires learners to apply mathematical skills and understand related science.

What will I learn?

The Iterative Design Project (50%)

The ‘Iterative Design Project’ requires learners to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate.

Principles of Product Design Exam (26.7%)

Learners are required to analyse existing products, demonstrate applied mathematical skills and technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques as well as showing their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

Problem Solving in Product Design Exam (23.3%)

Learners are required to demonstrate their problem solving and evaluation skills, including; applying their knowledge and understanding of designing and manufacturing products and demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate the suitability of design solutions.

Anything else?

At the centre of any iterative process is the need to develop creative thinking skills. This course will equip learners with skills of problem solving and enable them to apply their learning to different contexts.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements: Standard A Level entry criteria, including grade 5 in GCSE Maths and grade 5 in GCSE Design and Technology or Merit in Cambridge National Engineering Design.

Future careers 

This course would be suitable for students wishing to pursue careers in any of the following areas; Product Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Graphic Design, Interior Design
and Architecture

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