Product Design





This course gives students the chance to get creative and innovative as they develop product design skills and learn about the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing.

Students will look at how the latest innovations are being used in the next generation of products.

Students will carry out a major design project, producing a design portfolio and a final product (previous products have included models of a lamp, hand held gadgets, a child’s activity centre and architectural models), as well as liaise with external agencies. End of year exams will assess how well students understand the design process, relevant materials and manufacturing technology.

Why study Product Design?
Think about the world. Mobile phones, the car you would like to drive and a building you admire. They have all been designed by someone and these skills can be learned.

Students need creativity in order to imagine the product, but they also need the knowledge about manufacturing, materials and marketing. Imagine a career where you have designed a new product and see other people benefiting from using it. There are many famous British designers whose products are used all over the world e.g. James Dyson and his vacuum cleaners.

Product Design could take students into a number of career paths: product design, automotive, CAD, architecture, teaching, manufacturing or advertising.

Entry requirements
To study at Cowley Sixth Form College, you must have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent, graded 9 – 4, across four separate subjects, including GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

In addition, a positive College interview is required.

Case study
We have recently had a student who designed a lamp to be sold and marketed by IKEA. They really liked her design and were very interested in the way she used materials in an environmentally friendly way.