A-Level Product Design

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

What will you be working towards?

Code ProdDesign
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


You will investigate influences on design and technology. While developing these ideas you will be able to enjoy the opportunity to put your learning into practice by producing prototypes of products you would like to see exist in the world. You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, while developing the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.


In Year 1 you will develop a rationale to apply design and technological ideals and make choices for their products. Projects can consist of A light fitting brief to develop a casing for. A folding stool using all three materials and a choice of joining methods from plans. Projects could be based around our partnership links with local companies such as Braime requiring a large A frame to hold their materials onto. There is no exams or coursework in Year 1. In the second year, you will create a portfolio consisting of; research, designs, client feedback, development ideas along with a final evaluation. This also consists of a final project that shows testing and modelling showing each stage and process from start to finish. You can choose your own client and brief but we do have a set client brief with Plans, another one of our partnership links. This section of the A level is (50%) and worth 100 marks. There are also 2 exams one which is Paper 1 (30%) - 2 1/2 hour exam on Technical principles (120 marks) Paper 2 (20%) - 1 1/2 hour exam on Designing and making principles (80 marks)

How will it be delivered?

As with all of our A Level courses, Product Design will be delivered in 6 hours per week of teaching time. It is strongly suggested that you spend an additional 3-4 hours per week of independent work and research towards this qualification. There will be 2 exams in Year 2 and a final A2 coursework project.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in Product Design or a technology is desirable but not always essential depending on other courses you have achieved.

Your next steps...

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives you the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Students from UTC Leeds have gone on to study Civil Engineering, Architecture and Structural Engineering.