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Nottingham Trent University

Furniture and Product Design

UCAS Code: W240
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-Levels

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

UCAS tariff points

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Furniture and product designers produce innovative items for the consumer market, from commercial or domestic furnishings to household goods. Our course is a designer-centred programme, encouraging you to develop your own individual style, vision and philosophy. You'll spend time in our industry-standard workshops, developing concepts and learning about principles of effective design. You'll develop your communication skills through drawing, model-making, computer-aided-design, prototyping scale and full size realisations of your designs, working on a range of diverse and challenging design projects. Our course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD), recognising the quality and relevance of our course content. You'll benefit from excellent employability prospects; 100% of our BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design sandwich students are in work or further study, just six months after graduating (DLHE 2015-2016). As part of the course you'll explore local and international perspectives on design, and take part in live design projects, with briefs from real clients. Previous clients have included Paul Smith and Nestlé. Students recently travelled to Paris on a study trip, and engaged in a collaborative project with their counterparts from the Parisian Strate Design School on a contemorary lighting project. You'll have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement as part of the course, in order to apply your skills and knowledge in industry, and develop your own professional networks. We'll teach you how to use a range of design tools and techniques in our industry-standard workshops and design spaces, supported by our team of expert technicians. Exhibit your work at our final year Degree Shows, attended by industry experts and prospective employers and add to your CV and challenge yourself by taking part in competitions and national events, producing innovative and exciting designs to complex briefs.


All modules are core. Year One: Design Practice 1 - This integrated module, created for you to practise and develop as a designer, has four essential elements; design interactions, materials, their production and use, and design assignments; these will develop your design communication skills, technological understanding, commercial knowledge, design methodologies and professionalism • Design Studies 1 - This multi-disciplinary module allows you to personally and collectively explore the design profession contextually and your role within its future. In so doing the foundations are laid for you to practise research and reflection enabling your growth as a designer and success in your final year. Year Two: Design Practice 2 - The year two integrating module builds on your design communication skills, technological understanding, commercial knowledge, design methodologies and professionalism, enhancing the attributes you developed in year one • Design Studies 2 - This second multi-disciplinary module allows and encourages you through personalisation to seek opportunities to broaden your outlook of design, culture and internationalisation. Third Year: This year in industry will give you real, hands-on experience and open exciting opportunities for your future employment. Many students to their placement company after graduation. Final Year: Design Practice 3 - You will develop your portfolio and personal stance on contemporary design, and you’ll understand your own practice in a professional context • Critical Theory - This module has two elements. The first gives you the opportunity to explore a subject of your personal interest and a chance to research and present findings on a range of topics.

Nottingham Trent University

Students on campus Nottingham Trent University

We have earned a reputation for outstanding graduate employability, excellent teaching standards, impressive student services, and a diverse but close-knit student community. Our main city site is ideally located in Nottingham's cosmopolitan centre. We can offer you excellent nightlife, a city bursting with culture, a lively students' union and reliable support throughout your studies.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
78% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
387 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
65% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.
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