Design and Technology: Product Design - Year 12


Design & Technology: Product Design follows the AQA specification and is suitable for students who enjoy the creativity of the design process, coming up with new ideas, the technical side of drawing, working with materials and manufacturing methods.  Your D&T teachers are experts in their fields and deliver excellent teaching that challenges students to think, act and speak like those working in the field would.

In 2020, the Design and Technology Department will be going through an exciting renovation that will bring the environment and facilities into the 21st Century, making it a modern and stimulating department befitting the present day and beyond.  We want to inspire and develop the engineers, architects and designers of the future and within our plans, we expect to have a new CAD/CAM hub with further computer driven production techniques and equipment that will enable students to create prototypes much more quickly. 

A-level Product Design helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. The specification provides students with the opportunity to design and make a product with considerations for all aspects from beginning to end.

Click here for the AQA Design & Technology: Product Design A Level specification

Course Content

The course has a 50% coursework/Non-exam assessment (NEA) weighting. The NEA will span approximately over a year and students will have the opportunity to develop their own context in response to the input of a real client’s needs.  The remaining 50% comes from two examinations – Paper 1 and Paper 2.

Across the two years we cover a total of 15 theory units whilst also carrying out practical work towards this.  The units are:

  • Performance characteristics of paper and boards
  • Performance characteristics of polymers
  • Performance characteristics of woods
  • Performance characteristics of metals
  • Composite, smart and modern materials
  • Processing and working with papers and boards
  • Processing and working with polymers
  • Processing and working with woods
  • Modern industrial and commercial practice
  • Product design considerations
  • Product design and development
  • Design methods
  • Design processes
  • Responsible design


Set at least weekly. Independent work is also a vital part of studying A-level Product Design. It is expected that students will spend time consolidating work done in lessons and read around the subject to support the development of their understanding.


End of theory unit tests are carried out; practical work is assessed throughout the course by the teacher.

Useful Links and Information

Students are encouraged to seek help and advice from their Product Design teachers at school outside of lessons.