Product Design

Studying Design and Technology at South Craven offers an exciting challenge in which you will develop the complex knowledge and practical skill to pursue further education or enter a career within the industry.

Our highly successful department will be delivering the new AQA Design and Technology: Product Design specification. To be delivered over two years, this exciting qualification will continually push and challenge you to consider and respond to current observations of the world we live in.

What will I study?

Following a period of investigation, you will develop your own brief and produce a final prototype demonstrating your ability to respond to a problem. A keen interest in all things design is a must as is a genuine ability to problem solve. You will be assessed on their ability to explore, design, make, analyse and evaluate. Although not necessary, previous qualifications in Technology would be advised, such as GCSE Design and Technology and a Level 2 BTEC in Engineering.

How will I be assessed?

Paper One

How am I assessed?
  • Mixture of short answers, multiple choice and extended response
How long is the paper?
  • 2 hours long

Paper Two

How am I assessed?
  • Up to six short answer questions
  • Two extended response questions
What is assessed?
  • Product Analysis (short answer)
  • Commercial Manufacture (extended response)

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

How am I assessed?
  • Controlled assignment
  • The brief will be written by students

Further Education and Careers in Product Design

What can I study with a Product Design qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Architecture
  • Building and Surveying
  • Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Textiles

What career could I have with a Product Design qualification?

Careers which require a Product Design qualification include:
  • CAD Technician
  • Clothing / Textile Technologist
  • Colour Technologist
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Interior and Spatial Designer
  • Product Designer

Thinking of studying Product Design in September 2021?

Take a look at this bridging work in preparation for your course.