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Design and Technology: Product Design A Level (Block D) at Walton High School

Course description

Aimed at:        

  • Those who are excited by new technologies and are considering a future career within industrial product design, mechanical or electrical engineering, CAD design, car industry, furniture industry or bespoke project work
  • Providing the opportunity for students to continue to develop their own creativity through a range of technological activities.

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.

Students will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Course content

The full A level in Product Design is a 2 year course with a NEA [non exam element] and two examinations taken at the end of the second year. Experienced staff deliver all lessons in well-resourced workshops and graphics studio.

We teach most of our theoretical information through practical application and as a department we feel strongly that traditional techniques and modern commercial CAD/CAM processes are both taught.

  • Non Exam Element:  Practical application- design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype
  • Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles
  • Paper 2: Specialist knowledge of design and making principles; Product Analysis and commercial manufacture

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Design & Technology – Product Design, Graphic Products, Resistant Materials or Art and Design


Non Exam Element: 50% of A Level


Exam Paper 1: Written Exam 2 hrs 25%

Mix of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions

Exam Paper 2: Written Exam 2hrs 25%

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions

Future opportunities

This course gives the student a broad base from which many university courses can be studied.

Further information

A level Design and Technology Product Design is designed either to be complementary to Maths, Physics, Art & Designor as a contrasting subject with English, History, Geography or a Modern Language

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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