Design and Technology: Product Design A Level

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code AS17
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Product Design is suitable for anyone with an interest in one of the huge range of design and technology related careers, from interior design to advertising, architecture, and engineering. It complements many subjects, connecting the arts and sciences together. Students develop an understanding of the complex relationship between materials, design manufacture and marketing. Reflecting the wide ranging activities of professional designers students have the opportunity to work with modern and 'smart' materials and components with an emphasis on sustainable design.

Examinations are restricted to the core content, while students can utilise a wider range of materials such as ceramics, textiles and electronics to enhance their project work. Industrial visits and links with manufacturing companies will provide students with work-related learning opportunities and a greater understanding of the role of designers in industry.

All Saints' design studios give students the opportunity to work with state of the art equipment and facilities.


A Level

Core technical principles

Core designing and making principles

Additional specialist knowledge


How will it be delivered?

A Level

Paper 1: Technical Principles = 30% of A-Level: Examination in June 2.5 hours written paper, 120 marks. Mixture of short answer and extended response.

Paper 2: Designing and Making Principles = 20% of A-Level: Examination in June 1.5 hours written paper, 80 marks.

Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Section A: Product Analysis: 30 marks. Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture: 50 marks. Mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) = 50% of A-Level: Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles. Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.


Entry requirements

Grade 5 GCSE in a relevant Design Technology Subject

Your next steps...

Problem solving and designing skills are core, as well as a variety of key skills. The course can lead to many higher education courses in design and engineering related disciplines, further education and training and a wide range of careers.

PLEASE NOTE Due to the overlapping of course content, it is not possible to study Product Design at the same time as Fashion and Textiles.