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Design Technology

A level

At its heart, Design & Technology is about combining curiosity, problem solving and creativity to create solutions for real world contexts.  Designers need this combination of skills and the world needs designers to help resolve these problems.

If you are creative, practical and wonder how things work or how they could be improved, studying Design & Technology is an excellent way to build upon and apply these skills while increasing your knowledge of this important field.

Design is everywhere and in everything; studying it can help prepare you for our rapidly changing world and bring your ideas to life. Design & Technology A-Level goes well with artistic and creative subjects as well as Science, Maths and IT. 

Course Content

On this course you will carry out practical, project-based work alongside lessons which focus on the theoretical study of design, materials and manufacturing. You will be taught by specialist teaching staff and hear from guest speakers and returning alumni from university courses and industry. We aim to enrich the course with external trips as often as possible and regularly visit design events and exhibitions in Cambridge and London.

In the first year, your project work will involve research, creative problem solving, project management as well as designing and making skills. You will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of materials and manufacturing processes in our purpose-built studios.  You will learn how to generate and communicate design ideas with professional computer-aided-design software as well as develop your freehand sketching and rendering.

You will then consolidate your new skills in the second year by undertaking a major coursework project consisting of a portfolio and a made prototype. Managing your own projects and balancing the practical and theoretical demands of the course is a challenging experience, but one that will provide you with fantastic transferable skills for any industry.


  • 50% Exam
  • 50% Coursework
  • Exam Board: AQA

Special Features

Our large, dedicated workshops and collaboration with other courses make for a dynamic program.  Students are able to tap into their own interests and develop their unique design voice.

We have well established links with Designers, Architects and Higher-Education providers locally and further afield and we regularly invite visiting designers and representatives from degree courses to provide insight into professional practice.

Educational visits to shows such as the New Designers Exhibition in London are also offered as part of the learning experience.


Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE DT if taken.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

Studying Design and Technology at this level can lead to further studies or careers in, architecture, graphic design, furniture and product design, textiles, fashion design, engineering and set design. Students interested in further study within the creative industries will often progress to our Level 4 Art Foundation course.

Students who recently completed their course have gone on to a huge variety of progression options including: Fashion Buying and Merchandising at Manchester Metropolitan, Automotive and Transport Design at Coventry, Architecture at Portsmouth, Product Design at Loughborough, Interior Architecture and Design at Coventry, and Fashion Styling and Creative Direction at Southampton Solent as well as a huge range of related Apprenticeships and Employment.

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