KS5 DT Product Design

Key Stage 5

The specification followed at A-Level is the AQA Design and Technology: Product Design. The pupils will develop in-depth knowledge and understanding about the core technical principles that are central to all modern design and make activities. These will then be applied to a coursework component and tested in two examination papers sat at the end of the two years.


This subject is an amazing opportunity to gain a real appreciation of man-made products and develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to design and make your own products that function well and look good.


Learning will take place through a combination of practical activities, studies and theoretical lessons. Through analysing different existing products, you will learn what they are made from, how they are made in industry and why these materials and processes are used. You will learn about how these different products are designed to meet the needs of a client, along with ergonomic, aesthetic, functional, sustainability, environmental and safety requirements.

Course Overview: the 3 component parts to the Course

Paper 1

  • (Written paper: 30% of A Level)        2 ½ hours
  • Core technical principles are tested.
  • Mixture of short answer and extended response.

Paper 2

  • (Written paper: 20% of A Level)        1 ½ hours
  • Core designing and making principles are tested.
  • Mixture of short answer and extended response questions. 15% of the paper is Maths based questions.
  • Section A: Product Analysis: 30 marks
  • Section B: Commercial manufacture: 50 marks

Non Exam Assessment

  • Coursework – 50% of A Level
    This is the practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.
    Pupils will be required to undertake a substantial design and make task and produce a final outcome. The context of the task will be determined by the pupils.
    The pupils will produce an electronic design portfolio and a manufactured outcome/s.

What do I need to study the course?

Preferably achieved a grade 6 or above in any Design & Technology GCSE. Alternatively, good grades in your GCSEs and a willingness to work hard to learn new concepts and develop practical skills.

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