Design and Technology (Product Design)

If you are interested in any design or engineering fields then this course would be a suitable one to consider. This subject equips students with designing skills for the future and also encourages creativity, innovation and the ability to problem solve using technological understanding. This subject compliments students interested in sciences and also arts.

The course provides a logical progression from GCSE D&T and Engineering. Students must achieve a grade C or above at GCSE to be considered for this course. Any other student with 5 good GCSE’s will also be considered.

The subject content sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to ensuring progression from GCSE level requirements and the possibilities for progression to Advanced Level GCE and higher education.

The rewards for following a design related course are excellent for able, well-motivated and dedicated people in a number of design and engineering fields. For example, mechanical / automotive engineering, industrial design engineering, product design, architecture, animation, graphic design and art and design foundation studies.

Method of assessment

Examination Details

Component 1; (Exam 50%) 9DT0/01

Principles of Design & Technology

  • The understanding of materials, processes, techniques and technological impact.

Component 2; (Coursework – 50%) 9DT0/02

  • The purpose of this component is to undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project which will test students’ skills in designing and making a prototype.

Independent design & make project

This will consist of four parts:

 Part 1: Identifying Opportunities for Design

Part 2: Designing a Prototype

Part 3: Making a Prototype

Part 4: Evaluating own Design and Prototype

 Year 13

  • Materials
  • Performance characteristics of materials
  • Processes and techniques
  • Digital technologies
  • Factors influencing the development of products
  • Effects of technological developments
  • Potential hazards and risk assessment
  • Features of manufacturing industries
  • Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
  • Current legislation
  • Information handling, Modelling and forward planning
  • Further processes and techniques


Level: A level

Board: Edexcel

Head of department:
Mrs R Khan

Mrs R Khan (lead teacher)
Mr P Newbold