Design and Technology (Product Design)

Why study Design and Technology?

The Eduqas A level in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems.

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. This specification encourages learners to use creativity and imagination when applying iterative design processes to develop and modify designs, and to design and make prototypes that solve real world problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants, aspirations and values.
The specification enables learners to identify market needs and opportunities for new products, initiate and develop design solutions, and make and test prototypes. Learners should acquire subject knowledge in Design and Technology, including how a product can be developed through the stages of prototyping, realisation and commercial
manufacture.

Learners should take every opportunity to integrate and apply their understanding and knowledge from other subject areas studied during key stage 4, with a particular focus on Science and Mathematics, and those subjects they are studying alongside A level Design and Technology.

You will study the following topics in class and the workshop using a variety of up to date resources: text books, video, listening, articles, websites, songs, machines, processes etc.

A level Design and Technology (Product Design) is currently taught to girls and boys at Monmouth School for Boys.

Monmouth School for Boys Head of Department: Mr A J White

Course content

Board: Eduqas (WJEC)   A level Syllabus Code: A602QS

Learners follow one endorsed route through this specification: either Fashion and Textiles, or Product Design.  At Monmouth School for Boys we run this course for Product Design.

The subject content within section 2.1 and section 2.2  is presented under seven main headings:

Designing and innovation Product analysis and systems
Materials and components Human responsibility
Processes Public interaction
Industrial and commercial practice  

Within each area, the content is further divided into sub-headings, each with specified content and amplification. The structure of the content within the two endorsed routes is shown in the tables on the School Intranet (Firefly).

The specification content and assessment requirements are designed to ensure learners develop an appropriate breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding at an advanced level in Design and Technology.

Method of assessment

Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century 
Written examination: 3 hours (50% of qualification)

The examination includes a mix of structured and extended writing questions assessing learners’ knowledge and understanding of technical principles, designing and making principles, along with their ability to analyse and evaluate wider issues in design and technology.

Component 2: Design and make project 
Non-examination assessment: approximately 80 hours (50% of qualification)

A sustained design and make project, based on a brief developed by the candidate, assessing the candidate’s ability to identify, investigate and outline design possibilities, design and make prototypes, analyse and evaluate design decisions and outcomes, including for prototypes made by themselves and others.