DT (Product Design)

DT (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.

Course Content

Paper 1

This paper requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below.

Assessment – Technical principles
This consists of a 2.5 hour written paper, worth 120 marks that contributes to 30% of the total A level. Questions consist of a mixture of short answer and extended response.

Paper 2

This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below.

Assessment – Designing and making principles
Consists of a 1.5 hour written paper, worth 80 marks that contributes to 20% of the total A level. Questions consist 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-examination assessment (NEA)
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

Assessment – Practical application of principles, designing and making principles
Substantial design and make task
45 hours
100 marks
50% of A level

Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. The coursework element takes the form of a design and make assignment. Students are tasked to create a product that satisfies the need of a client. The production of a written or digital portfolio and photographic evidence of the final prototype is a vital part of the task.

Assessment is internal with external moderation.

Is this course right for me?

An awareness and analysis, both functionally and aesthetically, of existing products are key attributes that will be encouraged within all students undertaking this course.

Students will be required to use drawing skills and annotation to illustrate the functional and aesthetic attributes of a number of everyday products.

The use of ICT for other aspects of research, analysis and designing (CAD) will form another key element of the work. It is also expected that students will utilise our computer aided manufacturing facility during the course.

Course highlights

Trips to manufacturing companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks and BAE Systems. Coursework exhibitions at the end of each academic year. The annual Rotary Club Technology Tournament. Our Sixth Form team are the current holders of the trophy.

What can I do next?

Students with Product Design A level have gone on to read for degrees in Product Design, Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Automotive Design, 3D Design, Interior Design, Town and Country Planning, and Cartography.

Subject minimum entry requirement

You do not have to have taken DT at GCSE to be accepted onto this A level course. However, to gain the skills and knowledge needed to pass this subject, additional time and effort will be required.

“I really enjoyed the challenge to design and make my own project. We had the freedom to express ourselves in whatever material we wanted. It was tough but well worth the effort!”

“The course made me start to evaluate every man-made product around me. I find myself taking objects apart to see how they have been made.”

“I particularly enjoyed the study of past and present designers. I keep a lookout for their products on TV and in the shops.”

Miss LI Watson
Subject Leader of Design & Technology