Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
TBC Grade 6 in GCSE Graphic Products or Resistant Materials
Mr I Garrod

This course is designed to provide students with a balanced and coherent study of all elements of design and technology. Students have the opportunity to study, propose and realise prototype solutions to designing and making situations closely linked to the real world of product/system manufacture.

This qualification will excite and engage learners with contemporary topics covering the breadth of this dynamic and evolving subject. It will create empathetic learners who have the ability to confidently critique products,  situations and society in every walk of their lives now and in the future.

All Sixth Formers are welcome to use our facilities at any time and are encouraged to discuss their work with staff on a regular basis.


Unit 1

This Unit is formed of four sets of questions that predominantly cover technical principles within each endorses title. Students will be required to:

  • analyse existing products
  • demonstrate applied mathematical skills
  • demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
  • demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries


Unit 2

This Unit has two sections that respond to selected tasks:

  • Section A focuses on students applying their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products
  • Section B requires students to reflect on their design task in Section A in relation to wider factors/issues from the design principles.


Unit 3

The 'Iterative Design Project' requires students to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the iterative processes of explore, create and evaluate. Students identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.



The A-Level in Product Design is assessed by two written examinations and one non-examination assessment. These are:

  • Paper 1 (Principles of Design) is worth 75 marks and lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes. It is a written examination worth 25% of the final grade.
  • Paper 2 (Unseen Challenge) is worth 75 marks and lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes. It is a design/written examination worth 25% of the final grade, and includes synoptic assessment.
  • Iterative Design Project is worth 150 marks and accounts for 50% of the final grade. It is a non-examination assessment that lasts for 45 hours.


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

The knowledge, understanding and skills gained in a course such as this will be a great benefit to students pursuing further studies, in their personal lives and in the world of work. The course encourages an awareness and understanding of economic, political, social and environmental factors relevant to this subject. Many students have successfully progressed to universities to study Product and Industrial design.

The AS and A2 are designed to offer candidates opportunities to study, propose and realise prototype solutions closely linked to the real world of product and system manufacture. Career prospects are excellent and it has opened doors to computer programming, electrical engineering, product design, industrial design, architecture and Formula 1.