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Design & Technology (Product Design) A/As level at Gowerton School

Course description

GCE A Level Design&Technology

Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-today lives and, most importantly, give you the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability and creativity. 

Gowerton has chosen to offer the Graphic Products Pathway and this has its own specific knowledge and skill content. The qualification emphasises two key factors -- creativity and sustainability. Good design is vital to our world and economy so it is important that we enthuse future designers with a passion for designing their futures

Course content

The qualification structure allows you to develop your knowledge, understanding, skills and creativity and apply them to designing products and outcomes at Advanced Subsidiary (AS).

What is learned at AS is applied and developed further in the design and make project at A2.

You will learn that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment and how new products provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of extractions and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products.

You will learn about and be able to show you understand about:

  •  materials and component
  •  industrial and commercial practice quality
  •  health and safety
  •  systems and control
  •  products/outcomes and applications.


You will show that they can:

  • communicate ideas and information
  • evaluate
  • design
  • plan
  • Make

Entry requirements

The specification is accessible to all irrespective of age, gender and ethnicity and religious or cultural background. The specification is not age specific.

In general we would like:

Five GCSEs at C grade or better including

i) a D&T; subject

ii) English

iii) Mathematics

iv) Science



Reasonable adjustments are made for disabled candidates in order to enable them to access the assessments. For this reason, very few candidates will have a complete barrier to any part of the assessment. Candidates who are still unable to access a significant part of the assessment, even after exploring all possibilities through reasonable adjustments, may still be able to receive an award. They would be given a grade on the parts of the assessment they have taken and there would be an indication on their certificate that not all of the competencies have been addressed. Candidates with a visual impairment may find this subject difficult to access fully.


AS UNIT 1: Portfolio of Creative Skill 60% of AS: 30% of Final Grade

One portfolio with three distinct sections. A Portfolio which will demonstrate your creativity and flair when investigating, designing and making products.You will not being asked to carry out one large design and make exercise but three smaller and more focused tasks which build up to provide a detailed portfolio of your skills.

AS Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice 30% of AS: 15% of Final Grade 1 hour 30 minute examination.

Developing your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology to develop a greater understanding of how products can be designed and manufactured. You will also learn about industrial and commercial practices, and the importance of quality checks and the health and safety issues that have to be considered at all times.

A2 Unit 3: Designing for the Future 40% of A2 20% of Final Grade 2 hour examination.

Developing your knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues together with a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products An awareness of the important contributions of designers from the past which may provide inspiration for future design is required. Develop an awareness of the impact of design and technological activities on the environment.

A2 Unit 4: Commercial Design 60% of A2 30% of Final Grade A Design,

Make and Evaluate Assignment. There is not time limit to this assessment. In this unit you are given the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, to design and make a graphic product of your choice.

Future opportunities

It depends which other courses are studied together with D&T: Product Design. It can contribute a set of skills and knowledge that would help in both Engineering and Design based careers or courses in Higher Education

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 24 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: A level - 2 years As - one year