Design and Technology

Product Design - General Information

Many year 12 students study the first two units of Product Design (3D design). This comprises of a written paper and a coursework unit. The coursework takes the form of two separate projects designed to develop as broad a range of skills as possible. The first of these is a design and model activity where you will be focusing on the research and development areas of coursework and modeling your outcome. The second project has a focus on ideas and development and making skills. You will be able to adapt the context to suit your strengths e.g. towards a graphical or a resistant material outcome.

In year 13 students are given more freedom to chose their own coursework project. Marks become available for the exploration and justification of the chosen work. Presentation of the research gathered becomes less important and this should be gathered as an appendix at the back of the project, the focus moves to the results and how they are used. Expectations are higher of the important ideas and development sections with a sophisticated make whether this is RM are graphically biased. It becomes important to collect and use input from ‘expert’ third parties. This should be used initially to analyse the need, and you should continue to go back to the same group for ongoing comment and evaluation.

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Careers through D&T

There are three different pathway routes you might choose for careers related to this subject, and you should explore the suitability of each with a specialist advisor.


Engineering, which includes substantial college based study usually funded by the employer, and Master Craftsman apprenticeship sponsored by a guild or craft body. The training is very ‘hands on’ and you are paid during the period which can be up to 5 years. Qualifications can vary and can include degree depending on the type of study carried out alongside the training.

Art Foundation

For many of the creative degree courses D&T offers a route through Art foundation certificate. This involves a one year study which acts for some as a pre-degree course. Programmes of study are more open and introductory than degree but will carry an emphasis on the family of specialism’s you are interested in. Application to degree is usually made during the course and involves the production of an advanced and comprehensive portfolio.

Direct entry to degree

Traditionally this has been for subjects like Architecture and Engineering through either Ucas routes. Increasingly Students at Weald are opting for entry into route B courses directly, without Art Foundation to lessen overall costs for example in subjects like Graphics or Jewellery Design. You should be aware that you may feel disadvantaged initially when joining a course populated by students who have spent a year at college already, but feedback suggests that our students have all adapted and progressed well.