Design & Technology A Level

Design Technology.

What will I learn?

A Level course (2 years)

Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology

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

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project

Part 1 Identifying opportunities for design:
Investigation of needs and research and production of a specification.

Part 2 Designing a prototype:
Producing different design ideas, review of initial ideas, development of design ideas into a final design, review of development and final idea and communication of design ideas.

Part 3 Making a 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.

Entry Requirements

Ideally a Grade 4 or above in GCSE Design Technology, also GCSE Maths and English at grade 4 or above. If you haven’t studied design at GCSE then you must demonstrate a genuine commitment and interest; completing the set summer task.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year

Component 1: 2½-hour written exam in June. A Level weighting: 50%

Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project. A Level weighting: 50%

Additional Learning Opportunities

Annual trips including a visit to Leeds to conduct a comparative shop report and product analysis.

Who is this course aimed at?

Design Technology is attractive to students who:

  • have a creative streak and enjoy creating full-size working prototypes or furniture using wood, metal and plastics
  • enjoy problem solving and practical work
  • have an interest in either Furniture Design, Architecture, Product Design, Engineering, Industrial Design, Motorsport Design or Automotive Design
  • are preparing for a wide range of higher education courses and employment

What next?

Many students go on to further education in areas including Product Design and Industrial Design, Engineering and Furniture Design. There are also courses in computer gaming design and various motorsport design degrees.




  • A Level


  • Design

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider