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Design & Technology - Product Design

Specific Course Entry Requirements Grade 4 in Design and Technology
Examination Levels Offered AS and A-Level
Examination Board  

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

  1. Core technical principles
  2. Core designing and making principles
  3. Additional specialist knowledge
  • Develop and sustain their own innovation, creativity and Design and Technology capability, to recognise constraints and to produce high quality products
  • Develop a critical understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technological activity from a historical perspective and in current practice
  • Apply essential knowledge, understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activities and develop an understanding of industrial practices
  • Use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to enhance their design and technological capability
  • Develop an understanding of the social, moral, spiritual and cultural values inherent in design and technological activity and to develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts
  • As discerning consumers, to make informed choices; develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.


  • Exam paper (50% of final grade) 2 hours . 80 marks. Multiple choice, short answer and extended response. Style questions on Core technical principles and designing and making principles and additional specialist knowledge
  • Non exam assessment (50% of final grade). 80 marks. Single design and make project. Context set by AQA. Students have 35 hours to complete. Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. Recommended 35 pages

Note: The specifications are still only in draft form so no choice has been made regarding which exam board we are following.

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