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Design Technology: Product Design A level at Richard Challoner School

Course description

This 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, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing products. 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. Please be aware that there is significant GCSE Maths content on this course which will be tested in the final exam/s.

Course content

Core Technical principles;

Topics include: Requirements for product design, development and manufacture, digital design and manufacture, protecting design and intellectual property, enterprise and marketing in the development of products.

 Core designing and making principles:

Topics include: Design methods and processes, how technology and cultural changes can impact the work of designers, design processes, approaches to project management, responsible design, national and international standards in product design.

Additional specialist knowledge:

Topics include: Performance characteristics of materials, forming, redistribution and addition processes, industrial and commercial practice.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above in Design Technology or equivalent subject. Students who do not have a L2 DT qualification would need a meeting with the Subject Leader. GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language and Mathematics.


  • Paper 1: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles (25% of A Level) 2 hour written examination
  • Paper 2: Specialist Knowledge, technical design and making principles (25% of A Level) 2 hour written examination
  • Non-Exam Assessment (NEA): Portfolio of work. 45 hours. Practical application of technical principles, design and making principles and specialist knowledge. (50% of A Level)

Future opportunities

Engineering - various, product design, architecture, automotive design, interior design, advertising, graphic design, marketing, set/theatre design, furniture design, etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Challoner School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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