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Design and Technology A Level 3 at Oakwood Park Grammar School

Course description

This course has been designed to encourage students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. Product Design encourages students to enhance their knowledge and skills in CAD / CAM, design, material knowledge and manufacture. This is a brand new course which has been created in collaboration with degree students, manufacturing companies and experts from a varied range of design and manufacturing industries.





Course content

Paper 1 - Materials, Components and Application


  • Written exam: 2.5 hours
  • 120 marks
  • 30% of A-level
  • Section A: Materials and Components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture


Based primarily on materials and components and consisting of three sections. This exam is designed to test your knowledge in manufacturing processes, properties of a range of materials and their suitability in the design and make of industrial products. Students will also develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials and will learn about the use of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM) in design. In addition to this, students will gain and understanding of the broader issues related to design such as; environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic and anthropometrics and consumer safety.


Paper 2 - Design and Manufacture


  • Written exam: 1.5 hours
  • 80 Marks
  • 20% of A-level


Section A:

  • Product Analysis: 30 marks
  • Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).


Section B:

  • Commercial manufacture: 50 marks
  • Mixture of short and extended response questions


Topics include:

Major developments in technology, product life cycle, the influence of design and technology in society, the role of the designer, the marketing function, design processes, safety legislation, illustration, selection and use of appropriate 2D/3D techniques, human factors, and the work of past and present designers, sustainability and environmental concerns.

Specialist knowledge, technical, designing, and making principles.


Non Exam Assessment (NEA) - Design and Making Practice


  • Substantial design and make task
  • 45 hours
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level


This is a major design and make unit where knowledge of the Product Design subject content is applied to the design and manufacture of the student’s own projects.


Students will have the opportunity analyse, research, design and develop a product from a set brief before getting creative in the workshop and indulging in a range of practical skills. The non exam assessment allows the students to investigate modern design trends and manufacture a working prototype of their own creation using the modern materials and machinery available to them. The students will also have the opportunity to learn and use the range of CAD / CAM facilities available in the workshop

Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6, in DT and in other subjects to be studied at A level



Exam x 2:

Students complete two exams modules at the end of the two year course.

Non Exam Assessment:

Design and Manufacture task - a continuous design and manufacture project (approx. 45 hours) in Year 12 and 13

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Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as Art and Design or Computing to prepare for higher education in areas of and design, technology, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to design and technology such as an Architect, Carpenter or Computer Technician. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Students have the opportunity to visit the Design Museum, where they can attend design workshops for an intense product analysis session. There is also the opportunity to visit the Designs of the Year exhibition and be inspired by the designs of the future.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years