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Product Design (3-D Design)


> Core technical principles 30% of A level 20 hour exam 120 marks

> Designing and making principles 20% of A level 10 hour exam 80 marks

Mixture of short answers and extended responses

Available in June only

Non-exam assessment (NEA)

> Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles 50% of A level. Coursework – approx. 35 hours 100 marks

> A design and make project. Context set by AQA.


> Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. Recommended 45 pages.

Available in June only

Examination arrangements and weightings

Unit 1 – Two hour written examination taken in June. Weighting = 50% AS

Non-exam assessment (NEA) – Coursework totalling approximately 35 hours. Weighting = 50% A level

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above which must include an appropriate technology subject.

Recommended support materials and revision guides

AQA Design and Technology: Product Design. Nelson Thornes. TBC

Skills acquired throughout AS and A2 Level Courses

The course allows students to become organised and creative thinkers, able to find “outside the box” ways in which to solve problems. Design and technology also enhances organisation and work presentation skills through the submission of coursework.

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