Design Technology/Product Design


Design Technology students at Charters School will be using an iterative design approach to widen their understanding of a variety of materials and manufacturing processes through a series of design and make projects. They will develop an awareness of the current social and environmental impacts that Design Technology has during the entire product lifecycle.

This means:

They will learn about types, sources and properties of a variety of materials.
Via application, they will learn a range of processes used to manufacture products as scale models or working prototypes.
They will apply investigation strategies to inform the development of their designs.
Innovative design strategies will be adopted to ensure their product is fit for purpose.
They will develop analytical and evaluative skills and be confident enough to self-reflect, which leads to further exploration of ideas.
They will understand how to identify and fulfil client needs to ensure a successful and marketable product.


The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design and Technology (Product Design)enables the following.

Equipping students with design skills for the future Students will be able to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.

Encourages creativity and innovation – At A level students will have the confidence to innovate and produce creative design solutions as they develop their own design brief with a client user.

Clear routes through the specification – We’ve listened to your feedback and our specification aims to demystify the new rules around the new qualification requirements to make sure you know precisely what you have to teach.

Progression from GCSE and beyond to HE/Careers We’ve designed the GCSE and AS/A level qualifications together to ensure clear progression of knowledge, understanding and design/making skills so that students will have a coherent experience of moving from the breadth of the GCSE to the specialisation depth of A level and beyond.


Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Design Technology (Product Design) (9DT0)
Students work will be assessed in 2 component parts.

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology written examination which is 2 hours 30 minutes in length accounts for 50% of the qualification.

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project (NEA) The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper (or electronic equivalent).

There are four parts to the assessment:

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


The minimum entry requirements for Charters Sixth Form can be viewed here

In addition to these the subject specific entry requirements for Design Technology are:

GCSE grade 5 in Design Technology (any of Textiles, Resistant Materials or Graphic Products).
GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics.
GCSE grade 5 in Science.




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Complementary Subjects

A-Level Design Technology (Product Design) provides the students with an opportunity to consider their ideas and products ready for the ‘real world’ Factoring in aspects from scale of production to new technology and the developing world. Complementary subjects which go well with Product Design include Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Art, Business, Economics.

Future Opportunities

With a qualification in Product Design you can go onto study: Architecture, Engineering, Mechanical/Civil/Product/Electrical/Aeronautical Electronics, Furniture Design, CAD, CGI, Product Design, Industrial Design, Website/Graphic/Theatre/Interior/Model-making

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