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Nottingham Trent University

Product Design

UCAS Code: H715

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

A level


112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

Pass your Access course with 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent GCSE Maths grade C/4 or equivalent

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Diploma and one A-level or equivalent qualification.

112 UCAS Tariff points from your BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels or equivalent qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)


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About this course

Course option


Sandwich | 2019


Production and manufacturing engineering

Our BSc (Hons) Product Design course concentrates on the underlying technology of product design, with projects that combine both form and function. The course concentrates on the design of products for manufacturing, digital, industrial, electronics and medical applications, placing technology and scientific advancement at the core of the design process.You'll develop your knowledge of materials, and explore new and emerging technologies, including mechanics and electronics. Through commercial projects with industry youll reflect, model, test, modify, develop and improve your ideas.**Key features**- You'll benefit from excellent employability prospects. 100% of our BSc (Hons) Product Design sandwich students are in graduate level employment within six months of finishing their studies, earning an average graduate salary of 25,800 (DLHE, 2016-17).- Benefit from our Building Blocks financial package, supporting you throughout your time at NTU and enabling you to make the most of your studies. As well as money towards the cost of your course materials, youll also benefit from study trips and live projects, included in the cost of your course fees, free personal protective equipment (PPE) and a pre-paid printing allowance.- Our course is accredited by the Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), recognising the quality and relevancy of our course content.- Gain vital skills and experience in the workplace by undertaking a one-year placement.- Explore local and international design, with inspiring trips in the UK and abroad included in your course fees. Previously students have travelled to Berlin and Prague as part of their studies.- Take part in live design projects with briefs from real clients. Previous clients have included SAPA, McGee and PepsiCo.- Learn how to use a range of design tools and techniques in our industry-standard workshops and design spaces, including metal, concrete and timber workshops, supported by expert technical staff - Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Shows, attended by industry experts and prospective employers.- Have the option to study abroad for a semester as part of the European Project Semester (EPS) programme.


All modules are core.
Year One:
Design Fundamentals - This module provides the fundamental skills and knowledge that you'll need as design professionals. This module is largely based on individual design project activity, with some elements of collaborative work with other students. It contains three elements: design projects, design communication, and design process and practice.
The Developing Design Technologist - You'll further your knowledge of and skills in design communication, through digital tools including 3D CAD modelling, and sketch modelling, as well as develop your skills through presenting this information in front of your tutors and peers. You'll consider the key factors related to technology-focused product design, including materials selection and manufacturing aspects integral to, and for, designers.
Applied Design Technology - This module will focus specifically on technology and its application in design, contextualising product design under technical perspectives. You'll be introduced to the basic principles and applications of technology and understand how they affect the development of products and systems. You'll consider consider services, systems design, and digital prototyping, and explore and apply these within your work. Research will inform and support this design activity.
Year Two:
Professional Practice - This module is designed to prepare you, as a designer, for industry. The module is broken down into three elements: professional projects, professional context, and professional communications. By the end of the module you'll have developed a professional portfolio and CV that represents your design capability and awareness.
Applied Materials and Technology - You'll work on design briefs related to global perspectives and sustainability, some from industry clients, to real time deadlines. You'll be expected to realise the full format of a designer's outputs, including technical reports, technical drawings, CAD work, sketches, renderings, models, test rigs, prototypes, and simulations, to an industrial and commercially accepted standard. Your work will be underpinned by a knowledge of theoretical and practical insights, including electrical and electronic systems, mechanical systems, robotics, and programming.
Year Three: This year will be spent working in industry to gain hands-on experience and to explore career options. Recent placement opportunities have included Bosch, Nestle, Solid Solutions, and Games Workshop. The majority of these roles come with a salary which sees some students earning up to £16,000 for their year. A successful completion of the placement year will lead you to an additional qualification – the Diploma in Professional Practice.
Final Year:
Design in Practice - Within this module you’ll complete a minor project and major project. You'll develop the application of your skills, knowledge and understanding of design methodologies to the creative realisation of products, and develop an understanding your own practice in a professional context. Design in Context - This module gives you the opportunity to explore a subject of your personal interest and choice. It challenges you to source and research information, be critical and reflective, and present findings on a range of topical, relevant subjects of significance. You'll either do this through a dissertation, or a critically reflective thesis.

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Graduates are in significant demand, so unemployment rates are well below the national graduate average and starting salaries are well above average. Much the most common industries for these graduates are now vehicle manufacture - there are not enough people with these degrees to go round and so the big employers tend to take the lion's share at the moment. But pretty much anywhere there is manufacturing, there are production engineers. Bear in mind that a lot of courses are four years long, and lead to an MEng qualification — this is necessary if you want to become a Chartered Engineer.

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