Design and Technology: Product Design

A Level

Exam Board: AQA

2 years

Course Content:

  • Modelling and prototyping in a wide range of materials.
  • Gaining the ability to use tools and machines to manufacture parts to a high standard
  • Using computer aided design and manufacturing resources to visualise, test and ultimately manufacture parts. The department has the design and manufacturing resources that are the envy of all local schools and colleges.
  • Analysing, investigating and designing to meet the needs of others.
  • Drawing to explore and communicate ideas using 2D and 3D techniques such as orthographic, isometric etc.
  • Learning about industrial practices and the influence of Design in a historical context.
  • Learning how to design outcomes to have a reduced impact on the environment.
  • Planning, organising and reviewing your work on an ongoing basis.


50% course work: Design and Make project.

50% exam: Two written exams with a mathematical content of 15%

Studying at Alton College:

The majority of lessons will incorporate a practical content, with time being spent drawing and modelling ideas, developing computer models and manufacturing and testing outcomes.  In the first year you will be supported and guided throughout but also encouraged to become an independent worker; as you move towards selecting your individual second year design and make project.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. In addition you must have a GCSE grade 5 or above in a Design and Technology subject and a GCSE grade 4 or above in Mathematics.

Course costs:

£35 for core textbook .

Students will need to cover the cost of materials and resources used in the production of models and prototypes

Product Design works well with:


Graphic Design