What does the course involve?

A-Level Design & Technology (Product Design) is an exciting opportunity to continue your studies in Design and Technology. In addition to further improving your skills in designing and making, this A-level will extend your knowledge of materials and the design process and give you a greater understanding of the role and responsibility of the designer in the real world. This is a 2 year course, therefore there will be no assessment or examinations at the end of year 12, instead year 12 will involve a number of mini projects to build on pervious skills and knowledge learnt at GCSE alongside the theoretical knowledge needed for both exams at the end of year 13. 

A2        NEA     Practical application of technical, designing and making principles (Non-examination Assessment)   

            Paper 1 Specialist knowledge and technical principles. (2 h 30min Written Paper) 

            Paper 2 Designing and making principles (1 h 30min Written Paper) 


What qualifications do I need?

This course is suitable for students who have achieved a grade ‘4’ or above in a Design and Technology based subject and have preferably studied higher level Maths.


Students will need a set of good quality drawing pencils, fineliner pens, coloured pencils etc. Other equipment will be provided but students may wish to purchase their own rendering materials to enable them to produce high quality design work both at school and at home.


The course is assessed as outlined above. The non-examination assessment at A2 is internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA. The written examinations are externally assessed. 15% of the marks across the written exam assess mathematical skills in the context of design and technology.

A2 weightings are Paper 1 30%, Paper 2 20% and the NEA 50% making up the A-level qualification.

General Comments

A-level Product Design is an enjoyable but demanding course and students need to be highly motivated to maintain project deadlines and make regular and rapid progress with coursework projects.

Future Prospects

A level Product Design is an excellent choice for any student wishing to pursue a 3-D design related course at university including Architecture, Industrial or Product Design, Automotive Design, Furniture Design and a variety of Engineering and Manufacturing courses. It is also a great choice for anyone looking for a challenging, creative course to improve their problem solving skills and broaden their range of subjects at A level.

Videos from the Department

Meet Miss Weatherburn, Head of DT, where she talks about Design & Technology and talks to our current Year 13 about the course.