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Design and Technology A Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description

Why study Design?

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 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

A Level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study.

  • Core technical principles
  • Core designing and making principles
  • Additional specialist knowledge.

Entry requirements

The course builds on the skills and knowledge learnt during a GCSE course. You need to have gained a grade 6 in Product Design or another Design and Technology subject at GCSE. It is well suited to students who have an interest in designing and the way that technology affects our lives. Students who have studied any GCSE D&T subject are encouraged to consider studying this at A Level.


Paper 1 Technical principles 2½ hours 30%

Paper 2 Designing and making principles 1½ hours 20%

In addition to written papers, there will be a substantial design and make project which equates to 50% of the qualification.

Financial information

Students will benefit from the purchase of the textbook that covers the theory knowledge required for the A Level courses and the design and make tasks. Some specialist drawing equipment may be required for some tasks - students may wish to purchase their own.

Future opportunities


Careers and opportunities that can develop from studying such an A Level are wide and varied. Interior Design, Engineering, Fashion, Graphic Design, Architecture, Film and Television, Set Design and Product Design are just a few!

Further information

Product Design is a problem-solving course that will enable you to develop a sound understanding of technology and its effect on society. The A Level focus is on design and industrial manufacturing and production processes that are used commercially. As well as being a stimulating course, it allows you to use your initiative, practical knowledge and creative skills in an original manner.

You will produce coursework portfolios that reflect your interests using creativity, flair and innovation. This portfolio can greatly help with entry in Design and Technology based courses at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years