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Product Design Bournemouth University Degree level: Undergraduate

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As part of this degree you will make a fully working product prototype, which will be exhibited at our annual Festival of Design and Engineering. You will be able to use an excellent array of facilities including specialist CAD labs and our Innovation Centre. The Centre houses equipment as used by companies in the industry which you will use to create and develop your prototypes, so you’ll gain an in-depth understanding and practical experience of the production process which will be invaluable once you’re out in the workplace.

Following your placement year you will be able to choose between following either a BA (Hons) or a BSc (Hons) Product Design award title. The BSc (Hons) option focuses on the technological aspect of design, whereas the BA (Hons) option focuses on the aesthetic and contextual issues relating to Product Design. Throughout the course you will learn to develop your creativity and innovation to solve design problems, and learn how to address the functional, social and economic needs of your design. You will learn how to manufacture physical models and prototypes, as well as produce industry standard computer models.

Accredited by the IED, this degree develops high calibre engineers who are able to function both as an engineer and a technology leader in sectors such as aerospace, marine, automotive, alternative energy, oil and gas, and other high-tech industries.

You can spend year 3 on a work placement, gaining a minimum of 30 weeks’ experience in a relevant industry. Our students have previously had placements with Dyson, Rank Xerox and Aston Martin to name but a few. This proves invaluable in helping to enhance your employment prospects. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year.

Course details

Modules

You will study a range of units including Design Projects, Materials and Technology, Design Studies, Manufacturing and Technology, Management and Commercialisation and Business Development. You'll also complete a minimum of a 30 week work placement in your third year.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 4

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 points The entry requirements for this course are 104-120 tariff points including a minimum of 2 A-levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM 112 tariff points (Grade DMM)
Access to HE Diploma 102 - 112 tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
Scottish Higher 104 - 120 tariff points
Extended Project Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by 2 A-levels or equivalent
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or English Literature and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 - 31 points 28 - 31 overall including grade H5 from 2 Higher Level subjects
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma 112 tariff points (DMM)
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-level or equivalent
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) 104 tariff points (Grade D*D)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of the overall tariff but it must be accompanied by an A-Level or equivalent.

Apprenticeships: We recognise the transferable knowledge and skills gained through apprenticeships and welcome applications from students with the Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Mature applicants: We recognise that mature applicants may have a wealth of experience rather than formal qualifications, so we’ll consider your application on these merits if it’s included in your application. You’ll need to apply to BU in the usual way through UCAS and you may be invited to an interview to discuss your suitability for the course based on the experience you tell us about in your application.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £15,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. Fees during your placement year (if applicable): £850.

Provider information

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Bournemouth University
Talbot Campus
Fern Barrow
Poole
BH12 5BB


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