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Design and Technology

St Peter's 13-18

Design and Technology

DTThe Course

Product Design suits pupils who have studied design-based courses at GCSE; however, pupils who have pursued an Art course will be given serious consideration as long as they are prepared to offer the time and commitment towards developing the necessary skills. A GCSE grade 5 in a practical subject would be a normal entry requirement.

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives pupils the theoretical knowledge, and practical skills to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in Engineering and creative industries. They will cover material science, manufacturing and the historical, social, cultural, environmental influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.

Pupils will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a design engineer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.


  • Paper 1
    Core Principles - 25%
  • Paper 2
    Design and Manufacture - 25%
  • Coursework
    45 hrs - 50%

Examination Board: AQA

Additional Notes

Links and visits with the manufacturing industry and an opportunity to enter coursework into design competitions form part of the wider course.