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Design Technology: Product Design A Level (AQA) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

Design and Technology makes a unique contribution to the development of young people by preparing them to participate in, think about and to intervene creatively, to improve the quality of tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. The course runs over two years to complete the full A level. 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.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing prototypes 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.

20% Paper 1:  Technical Principles

The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the physical and mechanical properties in a broad range of materials components, including how they can be manipulated to manufacture products.

30% Paper 2:  Design and Making Principles

A mixture of short and extended responses on Product Analysis and Commercial Manufacturing Principles

50% NEA: Design and Make Activity

You have to design and make a product. Candidates submit evidence of a single designing and making activity.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied GCSE Product Design before to choose this course, although it would be very useful.


A single two hour and a half hour exam on Materials and their Application, a one and a half hour exam on Product Analysis and Commercial Principles and a Design and Make Project completed throughout the course.

Future opportunities

Product Design could take you to a number of exciting career paths. Of course, there is product, automotive or furniture, but what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe Art College or using CAD within industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, stage design, advertising or engineering.

Further information

Product Design links particularly well with ICT, Business Studies and Art and Design.

Contact Mr Baseford, Head of Department via email:

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: 20 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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