Design & Technology – 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 prototypes 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.

The Course Structure

 Subject content

  1. Core technical principles
  2. Core designing and making principles
  3. Additional specialist knowledge


 Examination Paper 1:

Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

  • Written exam: 2.5 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 25% of A Level


Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

 Examination Paper 2:

Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles.

  • Written exam: 1.5 hours
  • 25% of A Level


Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response.

 Section A:

  • Product analysis
  • Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s)

 Section B:

  • Commercial manufacture
  • Mixture of short and extended response questions

NEA: Non-Examined Assessment – Coursework Project:

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

  • Substantial design and make task
  • 45 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A Level


Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.

Potential Careers

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Automotive Design
  • Civil Engineering
  • Creative industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Project Management
  • Robotics

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Design & Technology –Product Design* A Level 6+ Technology

* Taught as part of the Benton Park collaboration.