This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.
A-level Design and Technology: Product Design requires students to engage in both practical and theoretical study. This specification requires students to cover design and technology skills and knowledge as set out below. These have been separated into:
Paper 1: Technical principles
Students are expected to be able to name specific materials for a wide range of applications.
They must also be able to provide detailed and justified explanations of why specific materials and combinations of materials are suitable for given applications.
Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Mixture of short answer and extended response.
Paper 2: Designing and making principles
Students should be aware of, and able to explain, different approaches to user centred design. That in approaching a design challenge there is not a single process, but that good design always addresses many issues.
Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.
How it’s assessed
Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype.