Exam Board

  • AQA

Entry Requirements

  • A Grade C in GCSE English and Design and Technology. A Grade C in GCSE Mathematics would also be beneficial.

Course Content

A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing providing students with the opportunity to design and make a product in both years of the course.
The course has 50 per cent coursework in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.


Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • 2 hour written paper
  • 80 marks
  • Based on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections. Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions. Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two. Section 3 contains one compulsory question.

Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

  • 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • Coursework – approx 50 hours
  • 80 marks
  • Written (or electronic) design portfolio, manufactured outcome and coursework a design-and-make project.


Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture

  • 25% of A Level
  • 2 hour written paper
  • 84 marks
  • Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections. Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section.

Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice

  • 25% of A Level
  • Coursework – approx 60 hours
  • 85 marks
  • Written (or electronic) design folder, manufactured outcome, candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity.

Personal Attributes

Creativity, Flexibility, Perseverance, Problem solver, Good Communicator, Risk taker, Effective time manager.

Progression and the Future

Students who successfully complete the assessment for AS level during the first year will be eligible to progress to A2 Level in the second year. Useful to those contemplating a career in Engineering or Design