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Design Technology (Product Design) A level at Long Road Sixth Form College

Course description

Design and Technology is the study of the design, manufacture and evaluation of the products we interact with, our built environment and the clothes we wear. To reflect this, you will choose one course to study related to your career aspirations.

Your focus area for this A level is Product Design:

Depending on your choice of project, you will research and analyse a range of existing design solutions before designing and making products and prototypes such as lighting, jewelry, furniture, architectural and other items that address specific needs, using a wide range of materials. Architectural models, for example focus on the ‘built environment’, with potential projects relating to interior design, film/theatre set design, the redevelopment of a public space such as a skate park, town centre, or a building designed for a specific need. The emphasis is on researching specific client needs and exploring suitable sites and spaces before designing and creating a high quality product and other related promotional material.

We have well-established links with local retailers such as John Lewis, Cambridge Industrial Design and other local companies. We regularly invite visiting designers and industry professionals to provide insight into professional practice. Educational visits to shows such as the New Designers Exhibition in London are also offered as part of the learning experience.

Entry requirements

At least seven Grade 4s at GCSE in a range of subjects including Maths and English. A Grade 4 or equivalent is required in Design & Technology if taken at GCSE level.


In addition to the Final Major Project, two written exams are taken at the end of the course. Exam question responses are a mixture of short answers, multiple choice, and extended response.

Paper 1 (30%): Technical Principles 2.5hrs

Paper 2 (20%): Designing & Making Principles 1.5hrs

Future opportunities

Studying Design and Technology at this level can lead to further studies with possible careers in architecture, graphic design, furniture and product design, textiles, fashion design and engineering. You may also go directly into employment. Design and Technology combines well with Mathematics, Physics or Art and Design.

Here are some of the degrees courses being taken by students who completed their course in 2017: Fashion Buying and Merchandising at Manchester Metropolitan, Automotive and Transport Design at Coventry, Architecture at Portsmouth, Architecture at Lincoln, Product Design at Coventry, Interior Architecture and Design at Coventry, and Fashion Styling and Creative Direction at Southampton Solent.

Further information

Come to open evening on 17th and 18th October 5-9pm.

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: 27 September 2018
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