What you’ll learn:


  •       Refine your practical skills and use of materials  
  •       Performance characteristics of materials, fixings, finishes
  •       Analytical study of existing products and key historical design movements and designers
  •       Modelling using card, plastics, wood and other materials to produce 3D artefacts
  •       Communication of design ideas through various media
  •       Digital Technologies – Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing  
  •       Working knowledge of modern manufacturing systems  
  •       Awareness of the profound impact of technological activity on society and environment  
  •       Mathematical and scientific knowledge relevant to the subject





Students are assessed in two ways, each worth 50% of the qualification.


Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology – Written Exam

  •       An exam of 2 hours 30 minutes including short open questions, extended writing questions and some drawing.
  •       The exam focus will be on the evaluation of products, manufacturing processes, design philosophy, aesthetics, social and environmental impact of design.


Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project

  •       A substantial project, to test your skills in designing and making.  Identifying a problem, research, design, making and evaluation.


Where next: 

This course could lead to further study at degree level or HND/HNC and careers or apprenticeships in: Product/Industrial Design, Architecture and Construction, Graphic Design, Theatrical Design, Engineering, Technical Support, D&T Teaching.

 This course also supports students in a wide range of other fields of study and employment where problem solving and practical skills are important.