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Welcome to Design and Technology: Product Design

Course Details 

Why choose this course?

Inspiring a future in Design and Technology. Drawing on authentic design practice and contemporary technologies students will be free to explore design possibilities that excite and engage them, giving a strong foundation for further study and developing thinking and design skills that will support them in any future direction. Learning about design and technology at A Level strengthens learners’ critical thinking and problem solving skills within a creative environment, enabling them to develop and make prototypes/products that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values. OCR’s A Level qualification requires learners to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes/ products

Course Content/Main Topics

During the course students will demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques whilst designing and manufacturing prototypes and products. Their final non-examined assessment is the ‘Interactive Design Project’ which requires learners to
undertake a substantial design, make and evaluate project centred on the interactive processes of explore, create and evaluate Learners identify a design opportunity or problem from a context of their own choice, and create a portfolio of evidence in real time through the project to demonstrate their competence.

Careers and Higher Education

Students who study A Level Design and Technology can continue to study at degree level and pursue a career on a design course such as Product Design, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Automotive Design, Industrial Design, Architecture and Engineering.


A Level


• 26.7% Principals of Product Design examination, including Mathematics and Science based questions (90 minutes)
• 23.3% Problem Solving in Product Design examination (105 minutes)
• 50% Design portfolio / 65 hours Non-Examined Assessment

Entry Requirements

GCSE Design & Technology (grade 5) or Level 2 Engineering (L2 Merit)
Grade 5 in GCSE Maths

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