Design Technology

"Good design is innovative. Good design must be useful. Good design is aesthetic design. Good design makes a product understandable. Good design is honest. Good design is unobtrusive. Good design is long-lasting. Good design is consistent in every detail. Good design is environmentally friendly. And last but not least, good design is as little design as possible." Dieter Rams

Mr Cunningham, Mrs Keeley, Mrs Stroud
Entry Requirements: Grade 5in GCSE Product Design


The product design A-level is an exciting, student-led course which provides a whole range of creative, analytical and practical skills that are much sought after by employers and universities in all fields. 

In Year 12, students will complete a series of focused practical projects to develop the variety of skills needed to complete the NEA. They will build on their visual communication techniques using a combination of sketching, 3D computer modelling and prototyping. Investigating design strategies will enable them to think critically and problem-solve creatively. 

We will also build on their knowledge and understanding of design movements, materials, production techniques, environmental/social/commercial issues and manufacturing. 

In Year 13, students will complete the NEA (50%). They have the freedom to develop their own design brief and create a high quality, commercially viable product. 

Underpinning both years is a solid framework of theoretical investigation that will be tested in the exam unit (50%). 


Product design is a subject you can do so much with; every industry has a need for someone like you. Nine of the top ten jobs held by graduates employed in the UK are related to design. 

Designers hold a pivotal position in society as they determine the success or failure of every product and the impact it has on the consumer who uses it.  Every product you will ever use now, and in the future, will be made or broken by product design.