The course consists of two units over two years.

Component 1 – Principles of Design & Technology.  Written exam (2 hours 30 mins) 50%

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:

Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others.

Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts

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:

Part 1: Identifying and outlining possibilities for design identification and investigation of a design possibility, investigation of client/end user needs, wants and values, research and production of a specification

Part 2: Designing a prototype Design idea, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas

Part 3: Making a final prototype Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy

Part 4: Evaluating own design and prototype, testing and evaluation


A Product Design qualification can lead to a career in Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, TV/Stage Set Design, Packaging Design, Marketing & Advertising and Product Design.


Entry Requirements:

Course-specific Entry Requirements: At least a grade B or equivalent in Graphics, Product Design or Engineering