A Level Design & Technology: Product Design

 A Level Design & Technology: Product Design is delivered at Robert Carre Trust and also St George’s Academy. At Robert Carre Trust there will be the opportunity to follow a Resistant materials focus and at St George’s Academy the focus will be on Conceptual design and Graphics. The course principles, structure and assessment methods are the same.


The course is divided into two components:
1. Principles of Design and Technology
2.Independent Design and Make Project.

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
50% of the qualification

Students will be assessed under exam conditions at the
end of the course in the following areas:

  • Topic 1: Materials
  • Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials
  • Topic 3: Processes and techniques
  • Topic 4: Digital technologies
  • Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products
  • Topic 6: Effects of technological developments
  • Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment
  • Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries
  • Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
  • Topic 10: Current legislation
  • Topic 11: Information handling, Modelling and forward planning
  • Topic 12: Further processes and techniques.

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project
Non-examined Assessment (NEA)
50% of the qualification

Students will produce a portfolio of evidence and prototype of a solution. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and with imagination while applying the design process. Typically students produce outcomes that incorporate woods, metals and polymers using a range of traditional and modern techniques. Students will produce work that includes:

  • Part 1: Identifying Opportunities for Design
  • Part 2: Designing a Prototype
  • Part 3: Making a Prototype
  • Part 4: Evaluating own Design and Prototype


A variety of skills are required to undertake the Independent Design and Make Project. In order to best prepare students for this a variety of approaches will be used so that students feel competent in all aspects of Design and Technology. Skills developed through investigations, focused practical tasks and further study will likely include:

  • Graphical Communication techniques
  • 3D and 2D CAD (Solidworks and 2D Design)
  • Competent use of hand tools and machinery
  • Analysis of products
  • An understanding of how school processes can be used to produce ‘one-offs’
  • Use of Smart Materials in modern products


Students are expected to use their time outside of the classroom liaising with clients, undertaking primary research and progressing their projects.
Design and Technology: Product Design students in Sixth Form are likely to use their free time to:

  • Conduct wider reading around the subject to develop their wider awareness of Design and Technology.
  • Discuss the progress of their Independent Projects to maximise work produced during lesson time.
  • Use specialist software to become more adept in the use of 3D and 2D CAD.


A qualification in Design and Technology: Product Design can lead to a number of careers in Ergonomics, Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Mining, Teaching, Architecture all aspects of Design and Manufacture and many more. Due to the fact that Design and Technology has a crossover of Art, Mathematics and Science as a subject, it has the advantage of being flexible in the work place and students are also seen as flexible and able to multi task.



The minimum entry requirements for level 3 academic study apply. Previous successful study of Design & Technology is also required as demonstrable by grade 6 in GCSE Graphics, Product Design or Resistant Materials.