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Design & Technology: Product Design A Level at Dartford Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Design Technology - Product Design (Pearson)

Component 1: Topics 1-12:

1: Materials, 2: Performance characteristics of materials, 3: Processes and techniques, 4: Digital technologies, 5: Factors influencing the development of products, 6: Effects of technological developments, 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment, 8: Features of manufacturing industries, 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment, 10: Current legislation, 11: Information handling, Modelling and forward planning, 12: Further processes and techniques.

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project

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

50% of the qualification.

There are four parts to the assessment covering the identification of a design problem

  • Part 1: developing the design
  • Part 2: making the prototype
  • Part 3: evaluating both the design
  • Part 4: final prototype


Component 1: Written examination, 2 hours 30 mins worth 50% of the qualification

Component 2: Coursework piece, 50% of the qualification, Non-examined Assessment

  • A01 Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities to address needs and wants
  • A02 Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose                                                 
  • A03 Analyse and evaluate: design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others, wider issues in design and technology
  • A04 Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of: technical principles, design and making principles


Entry requirements

At least a grade B in GCSE Design Technology and at least a grade 6 (B) in Mathematics.


Component 1: Written examination, 2hrs 30 mins, 120 marks - The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions.

Component 2: Non-examined assessment, 120 marks.  The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated.

Future opportunities

Product Design, Industrial Design, Design and Technology related courses.

Further information

Product Design, Industrial Design, Engineering, Events Manager, Construction, Surveying and Architecture. Former students speak highly of the transferable skills and how they have used them at university as well as in their careers.



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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