As a student of product design, you will expand your theoretical knowledge, imaginative, creative and reflective capabilities through a varied curriculum. You will broaden your understanding of what it means to design for the future through investigating historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences. Your transferable knowledge and skills will enable you to design for an ever-evolving world with its ever-changing consumer needs and desires, demanding new solutions and innovations in support of a brighter and sustainable future. You will develop investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, and technical skills alongside gaining aesthetic understanding, functionality and critical judgement. These skills will enable you to grow independently, developing, refining and communicating your own ideas and producing your own prototypes. Through your experience of working with a set of briefs taken from real world examples you will develop your theoretical knowledge and practical understanding of materials and CAD software.
Degree courses offer a variety of pathways into FE. Apprenticeships can vary from international opportunities with BAE and Rolls Royce for example, to local designers and manufacturers. Internships in many aspects of technology are also commonplace.
Textile technology; cybernetics; consumer science; product design; electronics; medical technology; dental technology; building crafts; architecture; vehicle design; furniture making; structural engineering; printing; vehicle maintenance; sign making.
You may wish to experience working directly with industry during the Product Design course. The Engineering Education Scheme allows you to work in a team to solve a reallife scenario introduced by Rolls Royce PLC. The team will work closely with professionals to design and possibly manufacture a product/system that fulfils the specification provided by the company.
Included in the scheme is a 3-day residential at a local university. This will provide an opportunity to use the advanced facilities and tap into the in-depth knowledge of the staff to support the progress of your project. Following the successful completion of the scheme you will be awarded the gold crest award. The crest award is recognised in industry and is also extremely powerful during the UCAS application process.
Additional Entry Requirements
GCSE Product Design Grade 5.
2 Exams: -Design & Making Principles 20% of A Level -Technical Principles 30% of A Level -50% Coursework
Opportunities for work related activities
You will be given the opportunity to gain work experience in various areas of the Design and Technology field. You will also be asked to attend various visits to outside relative agencies. There will also be opportunities to work on projects with Rolls Royce.