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Design and Technology Product Design A Level at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Course description

What does the course consist of?

Completion of two mini projects covering A01—Identify, investigate and outline design possibilities, A02—Design and make prototypes that are fit for purpose, A03—Analyse and evaluate and A04 Modify and test, alongside theory lessons every week of termly pupil presentations.

Coursework begins in the summer term of Year 12.

There are two exam papers  to complete:

Paper 1, Technical Principals—2-5 hours (30%)

Paper 2, Design and Make Principals—1-5 hours (20%)

Students are expected to recall information, draw together information from different areas of the specification, apply their knowledge and understanding in practical and theoretical contexts.


Entry requirements

What entry requirements do I need?

Grade B GCSE in Technology subjects Resistant Materials, Textiles, Product Design or Graphics. Exceptional circumstances may be made by the Curriculum Leader. 

If a subject is oversubscribed preference will be given to those who have Grade A.

Please click on the link below to view our Criteria:




How is this course assessed?

Coursework makes up 50% of your grade, the other 50% is the exam — the course provider is AQA. Work will be sent off at the end of the year for final   grading.  There are two exams sat at the end of Year 13.  The coursework is started towards the end of Year 12 and must be completed by March in Year 13.


Future opportunities

What could this course lead me to?

Many people that study Product Design can follow a career in all creative areas such as  Graphic Design, Interior Design, Computer Graphics/Animation, Architecture, Marketing, Advertising, Fashion Design, Set Design, Screen Printing, Exhibition Design, Engineering, Cabinet Making, Teaching. It is a versatile qualification which is seen as essential in the creative world.



Further information

What other subjects does this course work well with?

Design and Technology combines well with Business Studies, Art and Design, Mathematics and Physics.  The course allows students the freedom to follow their own interests within the design areas.  It is a very heavy coursework based subject and pupils will be expected to dedicate a lot of time to this.

Additional Information:

To aid your skills in this subject you should research design eras of the last 100 years.

To be able to mentally dismantle a product and explain how it goes together would show great practical knowledge and ability.

There are several exhibitions in the capital over the summer where you can draw great inspiration and collect first hand research.

Why should you study this subject?

“Design and Technology is the answer to everything made around you, study DT and shape the future.”   (Curriculum Leader)

Why is this subject enjoyable to study?

“ It’s a great combination of creative design skills and practical hands on work.’’ (Sixth Form Student)





How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years