This course helps you take a broad view of design and technology, develop your capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.
You get the chance to design and make products with creativity and originality in a variety of practical activities, using a range of materials and techniques. Materials can include plastics, woods, metals, card, and smart and modern materials and you also get to use the latest Computer aided manufacturing methods like laser cutting and 3d printing in addition to work shop tools.
Globalisation, new discoveries and technological breakthroughs have allowed the creation of products with high levels of creativity, functionality and sustainability. The aim of this course is to aid the development of a skill set that would facilitate abilities to design extremely innovative products to meet the needs of clients and consumers that are commercially viable and take into account demands such as moral, cultural, environmental and product maintenance issues.
With a good pass in Product Design you can progress to university where you could study a wide range of degree courses or progress in a more vocational route a wide range of careers including (but not limited to): Exhibition Designer, DT Teacher, Automotive Designer, Advertising Accountant, Marketing Executive, Automotive Engineer, Purchasing Manager, Buyer, Car Designer, Product Designer, Industrial Designer, Sales Executive, Architect, Civil Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Animator, Ceramics Designer, Fashion Designer, Furniture Conservator/Restorer, Furniture Designer, Glass Blower/Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Jewellery Designer
The entry requirement will now be a grade 5 or better at GCSE Design Technology.
Choose this subject if you enjoy making products with lots of practical lessons, and have an interest in design or engineering.