A Level

A level Product Design is a creative and thought-provoking qualification. It gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning into practice by producing prototypes of their choice.

Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

You can find out more about the Product Design qualification here:




Paper 1  

  What's assessed
  Technical principles

  How it's assessed
  Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  120 marks
  30% of A-level

  Mixture of short answer and extended response.

Paper 2

  What's assessed
  Designing and making principles

  How it's assessed
  Written exam: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  80 marks
  20% of A-level

  Mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

  Section A:
  Product Analysis: 30 marks
  Up to 6 short answer questions based on visual stimulus of product(s).

  Section B:
  Commercial manufacture: 50 marks
  Mixture of short and extended response questions

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

  What's assessed
  Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles.

  How it's assessed
  Substantial design and make project
  100 marks
  50% of A-level

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


Recommended reads :

Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
Making It by Chris Lefteri