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Design and Technology






Design and Technology Design and Technology Mr Flanagan Edexcel A level

Course Entry Requirements

To be accepted onto this course you will already have shown your ability and interest in this subject and will have preferably gained a grade 9-6 in GCSE Design and Technology.  If you gained a Grade 5 then you will need to arrange a meeting with Mr Flanagan, Head of Design and Technology, to discuss your application.  To progress from GCSE to A level you must have shown a considerable degree of ability and interest beyond the classroom.  As with your GCSE, this course will incorporate more Maths based questions in the exam.  The level of challenge for these Maths based questions will be similar to GCSE higher paper questions and will make up around 10-15% of the marks available hence grade 5 maths is required.

Course Description:

The Advanced level course has been designed to:

  • Encourage candidates to take a broad view of the world of Design.
  • Develop candidates’ capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.  The practical problem solving processes in this specification will encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation.

Course Content:

The course will be assessed over 1 exam paper and 1 Non-Exam Assessment (NEA), which is a piece of coursework.


What’s assessed?

How it’s assessed



Core technical principles and core designing and making principles.

Understanding of materials and processes used to manufacture a broad range of products.

Ability to analyse and evaluate the social and environmental impact of designers past and present.

● Written exam: 2.5 hours

● 120 marks

● 50% of A level

Mixture of short answer and extended response.

15% will be Maths based questions, where students typically have to calculate material wastage.

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA)

Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge.

● Substantial design and make task

● 50% of A level


Digital design portfolio and final prototype

Progression and Careers

Design and Technology enables students to develop both a broad understanding of design and manufacturing principles and an insight into the infrastructure which underpins design and manufacturing enterprises, such as finance, marketing and environmental issues.  In addition, the qualification covers a mixture of units from the theoretical through to those with a clear practical emphasis.  As such it will provide a firm basis for progression to either employment or higher education.

The qualification allows for a number of progression routes:

  • Higher Education:  The units provide a sound basis for progression to a range of higher education courses, e.g. Product Design, Graphic Design, Industrial 3D Design, CAD/CAM, Engineering, Architecture, Interior Design, Manufacturing, but also courses linked to the Environment, Business, Advertising, Creative Arts, Multi Media Technology and Marketing.
  • Employment:  Examples of career opportunities are in Product Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, Technical Sales, Buying, Interior/exhibition Design, Quality Control, Production Planning, Finance and Costing of the Manufacturing Process, use of CAD in Manufacturing etc.

Exam Board


Contact Name

For further information, please see Mr Flanagan – Head of Design and Technology