During Year 13 and 14 we aim to develop a student’s knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day to day lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability.


EDEXCEL     A Level Design and



Component     1: Principles of Design and Technology

2.5 Hour Exam

120 Marks – 50% of Qualification

  • Topic 1: Materials
  • Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials
  • Topic 3: Processes and techniques
  • Topic 4: Digital technologies
  • Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products
  • Topic 6: Effects of technological developments
  • Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment
  • Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries
  • Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment
  • Topic 10: Current legislation
  • Topic 11: Information handling, Modelling and forward planning
  • Topic 12: Further processes and techniques.

The paper includes     calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions focused on:

  •     analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others
  •     analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.   




Component 2:     Independent Design and Make Project

120 Marks – 50% of GCSE

The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. Students will produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype

The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper (or     electronic equivalent)

Part 1: Identifying and outlining possibilities for design. Identification     and investigation of a design possibility, investigation of client/end user needs, wants and values, research and production of a specification.

Part 2: Designing a prototype. Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of

                                                      development and final design and communication of design ideas

  • Part 3: Making a final prototype. Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy.
  • Part 4: Evaluating own design and prototype. Testing and evaluation.   


A Level Specification

Edexcel A Level Design and Technology Website 

Examples of KS5 Manufactured Projects.