Design and technology

Design and technology

Design and technology explores creativity and innovation. The world around us is filled with concepts and the ideas of those before us who sought to improve our daily lives. With the skills learned in design and engineering you too could be part of a legacy of successful design that improves the lives of others.

Year 12/13


A Level

A level Product Design (7552)

Exam board – AQA

2 year course, consisting of a controlled assessment, substantial ‘coursework’ element worth 50% and 2 examinations worth 50%.


The course begins with various ‘mini’ projects which allow our students to upskill and develop their knowledge. These are carried out on a limited time turnaround before mini assessments take place. They lead up to students being able to tackle the main core of the A level course which students are assessed upon for their final grade throughout year 13. The A level Product Design course requires the students to produce a comprehensive portfolio which showcases the students ability to design a problem solving product. This portfolio should have evidence of research and analysis leading to a range of beautifully set designs and design developments. An element of CAD design finalises the design before landing on a prototype product which the student must manufacture. Finally the portfolio should evidence rigorous testing and evaluation that concludes with students highlighting improvements and modifications to their product that would make it viable for production in industry. This element is vital but only makes up 50% of the final grade. The other 50% is made up of a series of examinations which allow students to evidence their understanding of design and manufacture, material properties and influences on design.

Topics taught

  • Material properties and technology
  • Materials and their applications
  • Performance characteristics of materials
  • Modern industrial and commercial practice
  • Digital design and manufacture
  • The requirements for product design and development
  • Health and safety
  • Protecting designs and intellectual property
  • Design for manufacturing, maintenance, repair and disposal
  • Feasibility studies
  • Enterprise and marketing in the development of products
  • Design communication
  • Designing and making principles
  • Design theory
  • How technology and cultural changes can impact on the work of
  • Designers
  • Design processes
  • Critical analysis and evaluation
  • Selecting appropriate tools, equipment and processes
  • Accuracy in design and manufacture
  • Responsible design
  • Design for manufacture and project management
  • National and international standards in product design