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Why choose A-level Design and Technology:

Product Design?

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 products 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.

What do I need to get on the course?

A grade 6 or above in one of the GCSE Design & Technology subjects and a grade 5 in Maths.

What will I be able to progress to?

The study of Product Design will provide a useful foundation for a variety of degree courses including Architecture, Engineering, Product Design and Industrial Design.

2020 Options here 

A - Level Course Title

Unit Code

Awarding Body



A-Level Units:



Paper 1

What’s assessed

• Technical principles

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 2 hrs 30 mins

• 120 marks

• 30% of A-level


• Short answer

• Extended response


Paper 2

What's assessed

 Designing and making principles


How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes

• 80 marks

• 20% of A-level


Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Section A:

• Product Analysis: 30 marks

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

Section B:

• Commercial manufacture: 50 marks

• Mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA) What's assessed

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

How it's assessed

• Substantial design and make project

• 100 marks

• 50% of A-level



• Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype