Product Design


Faculty: D&T

Level:  A level

Examination Board  AQA  / website :

Assessment Details:

Written exam:   2 papers

Paper one - Technical principles. 2 hours and 30 minutes. • 120 marks    30% of A-level

Paper two - Designing and making principles: Mixture of short and extended response questions. 1 hour and 30 minutes.  80 marks      20% of A-level


Non –exam assessment (NEA)

Practical application of core technical principles, core designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge is assessed through a substantial design and make task and presented as a written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of a final prototype.

45 hours   100 marks      50% of A-Level

Course Outline:

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries. They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

 In Year 12 students are building up a portfolio of several smaller designs and make projects as well as having a theory session every week.

In Year 13 students are working on one major design and make task of their choice as well as having theory lessons for the exam preparation

Skills / Aptitudes required being successful in this course:

Interest in design and technology, interest in drawing and design, ability to draw or at least willing to draw, basic ability to use hand and electric tools. Willingness to work long hours and plenty of patience as well as a passion for the subject. 

Goes well with:  Art

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of design and technology within society. Therefore it is a suitable foundation for the study of design or related courses in higher education. They are also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers in areas related to the focus material areas that make up these specifications.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language at grade 5 or above.  Students will benefit from having GCSE in Design subjects or Art at grade 5 or above or BTEC Distinction in Art and Design.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs A. Gavartin


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