August 29, 2007

a level product design.

When picking your A Levels there are many choices and many different options to pick. When I was doing my A-Levels I picked 4 A-levels. Product Design was my favorite of the subject and I would like to give an example of my A Level work.

What happens during my aqa as product design?

During your first year of your course you will notice a big step up from GCSE product design. The course will be broken down into 3 sections

  1. Materials and Components.
  2. Design and Market Influences.
  3. Processes and Manufacture.

You will not be taught these on there own but as a more ‘holistic’ overview. At the end of your AS you will create a project, in retrospect my AS product sucks, but the vision and ideas behind it were clear. My product was let down by the manufacturing technique (Ply Board).

Kettle Tipper

What happens during A2? Exams?

For my AS project you get a lot more chance to explore deeper Ideas, along with a final year product you will also have a couple of exams. One in Materials, One in Electronics , one in mechanics and 4 hr Design Challenge type exam. For the design challenge you will get a brief at the begging of the exam, and you will need to create a product solution for the exam.

For my final project I create a new design of mountain board. Potential ATB.

potentail ATB


For your final year project, I would reocmmend getting as much third party help as you can. You will most likley not have the training to weld, or play with epoxy resins.

After A levels, What I wish I had learnt during my time at 6th form.

  1. If you want to do Product Design, improve your sketching.
  2. Pay more attention to you basic electronics, stick with it and it will come in useful.
  3. Learn to Design before you Learn to CAD.
  4. Have fun, this will be the most enjoyable learning experiance of your life.

I would recommend checking out the AQA AS /A2 Design specification


  1. To whom ıt may concern. I am enquuırıng takıng the Product Design: Graphics wıth materıals technology but I dont know what project to do for AS level. Do you have any ıdeas??
    Kınd regards

    Comment by Teresa Genç — September 13, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  2. Hey there, just writing to say thankyou so much for this post, im taking product design and jsut looking at your idea’s ahve inspired me, thankyou so much mate.

    Comment by Lukey — September 13, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  3. I’m not your friend anymore coz product dezign is too much for my little brain :(

    Comment by dan sillitoe — March 5, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

  4. It may be too much for your little brain but staying on top of the work WILL not make it too much.

    Question: Do you need to be a pro at google sketchup to be good at product design?

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  5. what did you use as your cliant coz am stuck…

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  6. I have just finished my AS exams, and I love product design so I will definitely carry on next year. We have to now decide on a major project for next year, and we have an open brief. This means we can make pretty much anything, but it should not be large, and it should ‘solve a problem’. I have hardly any ideas, so if anyone can think of anything, please tell me!

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