The course consists of two units over two years.

Component 1 – Principles of Design & Technology.  Written exam (2 hours 30 mins)

Component 2 – Independent Design & Make Project 50%


Component 1: Content Overview:

Topic 1: Materials

Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials

Topic 3: Processes and techniques

Topic 4: Digital technologies

Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products

Topic 6: Effects of technological developments

Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment

Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries

Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment

Topic 10: Current legislation

Topic 11: Information handling, modelling and forward planning

Topic 12: Further processes and techniques

Assessment Overview:

The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

Component 2:

Students individually and/or in consultation with a client/end user identify a problem and design context.

Assessment Overview:

The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated

Students will produce a substantial design , make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype

The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper

There are four parts to the assessment:


Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Product Design, Design Technology Courses, Joinery & Metal Work Courses, Engineering Apprenticeships.



Entry Requirements:

At least a grade B or equivalent in Graphics, Product Design or Engineering