Why choose design technology?

The essence of product design is the relationship between people and products. This course links artistic flair with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials to produce usable and aesthetically pleasing products. Studying product design also promotes an understanding of everyday objects and the technology used to produce them.

What will I learn about?

The course is split with two types of work – coursework and examination theory, weighted 50% each. This is a two year course and no formal assessments will be awarded at the end of year 12.

Students will complete individual design and make projects in year 12 which prepare students for an independent piece of coursework responding to a contextual challenge (brief) in year 13. Students will follow the iterative design process, researching a problem, collecting research, proposing ideas and manufacturing solutions to a high quality. They will work with a client or user to complete this project. The work is presented in the form of a design portfolio and supporting product.

The exam element of the course covers many aspects of design and technology from multiple disciplines (not food). It requires students having a knowledge of material properties, manufacturing processes and periods of design history etc. Students will also be tested on elements of basic maths (to the equivalent of grade 5 at GCSE).

How will I be assessed?

  • 2 hour examination in year 13
  • Coursework in year 13

Future pathways and careers

  • Architecture
  • Industrial design
  • Product design
  • Engineering
  • Graphic design

Course level

A Level and AS

Entry requirements

GCSE at grade 5 or above in a relevant subject (product design or engineering).

Examination board: