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Product Design

A level:  Design and Technology: Product Design


A level:  Design and Technology: Product Design

Entry Requirements

Five 9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent)

Exam Board


Content relating to the subject qualification

Subject content

This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into:


  • Technical principles
  • Designing and making principles


Students will develop knowledge and understanding of how skills and knowledge from other subject areas inform decisions in design and the application or development of technology. There are clear links between aspects of the specification content and other subject areas such as Computer Science (section ‘The use of computer systems’, section ‘Computer aided design’ and ‘computer aided manufacture’), Marketing (section ‘the concept of global marketing’), Business (section ‘Product development and improvement’ and section ‘Enterprise and marketing in the development of products’) and Art and Design (section ‘Design communication’ and section ‘Design theory’).

This is not an exhaustive list, and there are opportunities within the specification for students to integrate and apply their wider learning and understanding from other subject areas studied during Key Stage 4, as well as those subjects that they are studying alongside A level Design and Technology.


Students must also demonstrate maths and science skills. The right hand column throughout subject content illustrates potential links where maths and science skills and knowledge can be applied in the context of design and technology. These are examples of where the skills can be applied and are not intended to be exhaustive.

Assessment of the qualification












Assessment of the qualification

Technical principles

Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes

120 marks

30% of A-level

Mixture of short answer and extended response questions


Designing and making principles

Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes

80 marks

20% of A-level

Mixture of short answer and extended response questions


Practical application of technical principles and designing and making principles.

Substantial design and make project – context set by AQA

100 marks

50% of A-level

Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.



Career Pathways

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. For example:

•Advertising art director.

•Automotive engineer.

•Graphic designer.

•Materials engineer.

•Product manager.

•Production designer, theatre/television/film.

•Purchasing manager.