Design and Technology - Product Design A level

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies

Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Students will:
• initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes
• develop and sustain imagination, innovation and flair when working with concepts and materials
• develop an understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials
• develop thinking skills, financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills


Course Content

  • Students will develop intellectual curiosity about the design and manufacture of products. They will explore, design, create and evaluate innovative solutions in response to realistic design contexts 
  •  Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the core technical, designing and making principles for product design
  • Subject content is split into three key sections with suggested opportunities to deliver relevant integrated mathematics and science skills

How will it be delivered?

Two examination papers worth 50% of the total marks  (Mathematics and Science contribute 15%) and Nonexamination assessment (NEA) worth 50% of the total marks. The NEA consists of a single design and make activity. Students are free to choose and develop their own design. 

Paper 1: Written examination of 2 hours at the end of Year  13 (100 marks – 25% of A Level) 
Paper 2: Written examination of 2 hours at the end of Year  13 (100 marks – 25% of A Level) 
Non-Examination Assessment: Approximately 40 hours in  Year 13 (100 Marks – 50% of A Level) 

Students will undertake a substantial design and make task and produce a final prototype. The context of the task will be determined by the student. 

Assessment criteria include: 
  • Exploration
  • Designing
  • Making 
  • Analysis and Evaluation

Entry requirements

Candidates should have studied GCSE Product Design (or the equivalent) and achieved Grade 6 or above. Students who have not studied a Design related subject will be considered on an individual basis. You need to:
• be able to cope with the coursework commitments
• be organised to cope with a structured approach and frequent deadlines
• be good at and enjoy problem solving tasks
• be creative and pay attention to detail
• be able to present work to a high standard
• be competent with ICT and willing to extend your skills