Design and Technology: Product Design

A Level

Course code

Edexcel 9DT0

2 years

What is Design and Technology: Product Design?

Design and Technology: Product Design is a three-dimensional design course that seeks to develop your design creativity and making skills when working with woods, metals, plastics, papers and boards, and composites.

Most of the first year will involve undertaking activities to develop your design and making skills through a series of structured tasks that will include: computer aided design, computer aided manufacture, free-hand sketching, modelling, casting, moulding, forming, machining and joining processes.

You will spend the latter part of the first year and most of the second year working on a major design and make project. This will involve you identifying a real life problem, developing a proposal and making a potential solution (model or full sized prototype). Projects will range from furniture, sports equipment, household products, mechanical products, theatre props, to interior/exterior design and architectural proposals; and involve working with a client or user group.

You will find the study of D&T: Product Design to be complementary to the study of both artistic and technical subjects and classes generally contain a good mixture of male and female students with varied interests and skills.

Is Design and Technology: Product Design suitable for me?

Yes, if you really appreciate the look and function of products.

Yes, if you enjoy creating solutions to design problems.

Yes, if you can effectively communicate your ideas through freehand sketches.

Yes, if you can use CAD to accurately produce drawings and virtual models.

Yes, if you have experience and skill when modelling and making in a range of materials. 

In addition, good project management skills and commitment are important for success and you will need to be willing to spend some time on after hours making tasks.

How will I learn?

You will be guided in making design decisions and undertake research to further your understanding and knowledge. Generally you’ll be working independently and, following demonstrations and discussion, you will be actively engaged in gaining the necessary practical skills. 

Throughout the course you will spend about 25% of timetabled lessons reading about, listening to and watching how design affects all our lives and the new technologies now employed by industries.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. In addition, you must have a GCSE pass at grade C or above in a Design and Technology subject. 

Course costs

Essential:  Core textbook approximately £35.

Year one: Contribution of £30 for materials and resources. This needs to be made through the online store after enrolment.

Year two: Contribution based upon final project materials and resources. 

All students are also expected to have basic stationery equipment and a USB memory stick.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.



Successful completion of the course will provide you with a folio of work, range of skills and a respected qualification that will give you a competitive edge when applying for design based degree courses (Product or Industrial design, Architecture or Engineering etc.); or Design based employment.

How will I be assessed?

Design and Make project: 50% of marks

2 hours 30 minutes written exam: 50% of marks