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These creative and thought-provoking qualifications will give you the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers - especially those in the creative industries. You will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on Design and Technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put your learning into practice by producing your own practical outcomes. You will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by higher education and employers.

Product Design and Fashion & Textiles are taught together, as the non-examination assessment (NEA) structure is identical and a portion of the theory work is the same, such as design styles and environmental issues.

You will receive specific instruction and support from a specialist teacher for your chosen area of study and access to traditional and modern practical equipment.

Theory Unit 1: Technical Principles


Manufacturing Processes


Health & Safety

Legal Elements

The Environment

Enterprise & Marketing

Design Communication

Theory Unit 2: Designing & Making

Design Methods

Design Theory

Technology & Culture

Analysis & Evaluation

Tools & Accuracy

Responsible Design

Standards in Design


Unit 3: Non-Examined Assessment

Throughout Y13, students will work on their NEA.  A project where you choose the starting point and research, design, develop, prototype and test a product that solves a problem for a specific client. This unit accounts for 50% of your overall grade.


This course comprises of two examinations, both sat at the end of Y13.


Written paper - 1

Technical Principles

2.5 hours - 30% of your final grade


Written Exam Paper - 1

Designing & Making

1.5 hours - 2-% of your final Grade

Standards in Design

6th Form Teaching Staff

  • Mr Sidgwick
  • Mrs Smith



Head of Subject -  Mr J Sidgwick