Why choose A-level Design and Technology: Product 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.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing prototypes of their choice.

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.

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Entry Requirements

You should have GCSE C or above in a related subject. However, if you have a real interest or technical skill in the subject we may consider your application.

Examination Board: AQA (7552)

How the assessment will work

A-levels will be linear

Students will sit two exams and submit coursework at the end of the two year course.

Fifteen percent of the written exams will assess maths skills. (This is a new requirement)

EXAMS (50%)

Paper 1 Paper 2
What’s assessed

• Technical principles

• Designing and making principles

• Specialist knowledge

What’s assessed

• Technical principles

• Designing and making principles

• Specialist knowledge

How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 100 marks• 25 % of A-level

 

How it’s assessed

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 100 marks

• 25 % of A-level

Questions

Mixture of short answer, multiple choice and extended response questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Questions

Section A: Product analysis

• 40 marks available.

• Up to six short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

Section B: Commercial manufacture

• 60 marks.

• Two extended response questions worth a total

Coursework (50%)

What’s assessed

Practical application of:

• Technical principles

• Designing and making principles

• Specialist knowledge

How it’s assessed

• Single substantial design and make task

• 100 marks

• 50 % of A-level

• Approximately 40 hours in duration

• Written or electronic portfolio with photographic evidence of final outcome

• Assessment criteria to include:

• exploration

• designing

• making

• analysis and evaluation.

The above will be assessed in a holistic way.

Task(s)

Students will undertake a substantial design and make task and produce a final prototype. The context of the task will be determined by the student.