Grade 6 in GCSE Design and Technology is desirable, however it is not essential that you have studied Technology at GCSE level. Alternatively, you should have studied subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Art and Mathematics and must have a real desire and enthusiasm to study the subject.
Why Choose Product Design?
You should choose Product Design if you have an interest in design and manufacturing, enjoy designing and making products and enjoy learning about new and emerging technologies. Students should enjoy working independently or as part of a team to develop design ideas, have an inquiring mind to experiment and manipulate materials in the workshop or CAD CAM suite and enjoy working and visiting local industry. This course includes external visits to local manufacturing sites, university enrichment opportunities and a design tour.
Product Design helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. 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 and STEM industries. Students will gain a real insight into what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.
What is Involved?
Our lessons are based around personal projects, design and make activities, theory work and case studies. Our assessment involves one major project that students select with advice from Technology staff. Students will often choose to complete a project that will support their university or apprenticeship applications.
Coursework Project (Non-exam assessment):
Students will be required to undertake a substantial Design & Make task worth 50% of the A-level. Students will have approximately 30-35 hours to complete the task. This includes a written or electronic portfolio, plus models, test pieces and ﬁnal practical outcome.
Paper 1 - Technical Principles
Written exam: A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
Paper 2 - Designing and Making Principles
Written Exam: A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
of A-level students achieved grades A*-B
of A-level students achieved grades A*-C
of A-level students achieved grades A*-E