Product Design


We live in a world of consumer goods, products and images that affect our lives by influencing our decision-making process.

What is this subject about?
This creative and thought-provoking A-level gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative and engineering industries. Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing products of their choice.

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology (examined content)
In this component you will develop a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in design and production technology.  Like the modern designer, you will be required to have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products.  You will also study a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. There is an element of maths in this component.

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (controlled assessment)
This component will be evidenced through the production of a portfolio.  Students will be required to individually and/or in consultation with a client, identify a problem and design context from which they develop a range of potential solutions and then realise one through practical making activities.

How is the course assessed?  (Exam Board – AQA)
Over the two years, practical coursework is worth 50% and a written examination is worth 50%.

Entry Requirements
7 Higher Grades:

  • Grade 4 (or above) for English and Maths
  • Grade 4 (or above) for other GCSE subjects
  • 1 BTEC (or equivalent) at Merit or above may be included within the 7 grades

Further Information

Shannon Hayes
Subject Lead for Product Design
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