Design Technology – Product Design

Design Technology – Product Design


This course provides an exciting opportunity to gain the skills and qualifications required for a career in design. The world we live in is surrounded by design in many different forms. It may be the products we use or the buildings we live in. It could be the cars we drive or the clothes we wear. A career in design has so many variations and possibilities to explore. We aim to teach you the practical skills and technical knowledge to help you recognise the areas of design that are most suited to you.

Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology. It is important for students, as designers, to learn about materials and processes so that they can develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. Students will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

Furthermore, students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in design and practical areas. This will be realised through a coursework unit where a substantial design and make exercise must be developed through a portfolio and final practical outcome.


Paper 1:

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

– Written exam: 2 hours

– 100 marks

– 25% of A-level

– Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

Paper 2:

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

– Written exam: 2 hours

– 25% of A-level

– Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

Section A:

– Product Analysis.

– Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B:

– Commercial manufacture.

– Mixture of short and extended response questions.

Non Examined Assessment (NEA) – Coursework

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

– Substantial design and make task

– 45 hours

– 100 marks

– 50% of A-level

– Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.


A course of this nature demands commitment, consistency of effort, maturity and self-discipline but if you have a creative mind and practical skills that you want to develop then this course is right for you.