Studying Product Design will enable students to develop a critical understanding of design and technology; in particular the appreciation of the complex relations between designs, materials, manufacture and marketing. You will further develop the capacity to problem solve, undertake the entire design process and manufacture products targeted at specific markets and/or users.

About the course

Course Introduction

2 Year A-Level Course

A majority of the course is based on real life developments in technology, and will make students develop a strong interest in current and past designers, technological advancement. Students will want to learn how a product is developed from conception through to final execution stages. The course has 50% coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Students who wish to pursue careers in any aspect of creativity, including video game designing, automotive design, industrial product design, engineering, architecture, marketing or advertising will find this course provides a valuable foundation.

Preferable Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade A*-C in Product Design, Graphic Products or Resistant Materials are recommended. The ability to present ideas visually is essential.

Why Study?

Students with A-Level Product Design have access to a wide range of possible career and University opportunities. You will learn and use a variety of transferable design skills including presentation, development, and manufacture and planning.

Progression Opportunities

A Product Design A-Level is respected by many universities. The ‘live’ project work offers challenging design situations leading to the making of well-engineered prototypes. You will have the opportunity to follow your own interest, e.g. a sport or hobby, or work on project for local businesses.

Why Grace Academy?

Grace Academy Solihull has all the up-to-date Technology to enable you design and make innovating and mind-blowing products. We have state of the art 3D printer/router, laser cutters and workshop machines such as pillar drills and vacuum formers.


Year 1

Unit 1: PROD1 Materials, Components and Application (25%)

Based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections:

  • Section 1 compulsory limited response questions
  • Section 2 answer 1 question from a choice of 2
  • Section 3 one compulsory question

Unit 2: PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making (25%) 

Year 2

Unit 3: PROD3 Design and Manufacture (25%)

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections:

  • Candidates answer three questions: both sections have 3 to choose from and candidates must answer at least one from each section.
  • Includes synoptic assessments.

Unit 4: PROD4 Design and Making Practice (25%)

Assessment Methods

AS/A2 Level

2 hour written paper & coursework.

Support Provided

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve.

We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being present academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk.

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.