Subject Information

The distinguishing feature of any design and technology course is its practical nature. Knowledge and understanding is not, therefore, to be acquired purely for its own sake, but in order to apply it to the solution of practical problems which arise in everyday life and in industrial and commercial contexts.

Students will study historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on Design and Technology and put their learning into practice by designing and making products. They will develop an understanding of what it is like to be a designer and maker while developing skills useful for employment and higher education.

Underpinning all learning are the designing and making skills which make use of knowledge and understanding in order to produce outcomes which satisfy a design brief. Students will learn to utilise CAD/CAM in the design and manufacture of products and they will develop graphical communication and ICT skills to present and convey their designs. The Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) project will be an open ended student centred project.

Students wishing to study Product Design but who did not study GCSE Design & Technology, will be considered for the course based upon their suitability and capability to cope with the demands of a rigorous coursework.


Paper 1:

Technical Principles

30% of examination

• Mixture of short and extended response


Paper 2:

Designing and Making Principles

20% of examination

• Mixture of short and extended response

• Product analysis questions

• Commercial manufacture questions

*NB both papers are to be sat at the end of year 13


Non Examination Assessment (NEA)

50% of Qualification

• Single substantial design and make task that takes the form of a design  portfolio and a practical outcome/prototype

The specification has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of technology and

design, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations

between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.


A-level Product Design offers a great many opportunities for students wishing to embark upon Higher Education design courses, such as Design for Industry, 3D Design, Product Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design as well as Engineering and Architecture.

Further Information
Please see:

  • Mr Currey (Head of Department)
  • Mr Stobbs
  • Mr Ferry