Course Level: A Level

Exam Board: AQA

Specification link: Click to View

Entry requirements: GCSE English and Maths – Grade 6; GCSE Art / Design Technology (or equivalent) – Grade 6 and GCSE Science (equivalent) Grade 5


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Course Description

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives learners the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. Learners will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

The course is split into two categories;

  1. Technical Properties - 80%
  2. Designing and Making Principles - 20%

Both these two categories will be assessed through external written examinations. The Technical Properties category will also be internally assessed, externally moderated practical coursework. 

Course Profile

Career Pathways

Successfully completion of the course will allow learners to pursue further education at University, to study either at BA/BSc qualification or a Foundation HND within a Design and Manufacturing – there are several options at University. Popular choices are:

  • Product Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphics Design
  • Design and Innovation
  • Furniture Design, Lighting
  • Spatial Design
  • Manufacturing, Industrial Design
  • Architectural Design
  • 3D Design

However, learners may opt to choose a route where they explore Marketing and Business degrees, and so the skills gained within the Product Design A level course will aid them to access the skills needed for those courses.

Job Opportunities

A-Level Product design allows learners to gain a range of skills that will allow them to develop their understanding of working within the design industry. Some of the job opportunities are:

  • Advertising Art Director.
  • Automotive Engineer.
  • Graphic Designer.
  • Materials Engineer.
  • Product Management.
  • Production Designer, Theatre/Television/Film.
  • Purchasing Manager.
  • Stylist
  • Interior Designer