Studying Design and Technology at South Craven offers an exciting challenge in which you will develop the complex knowledge and practical skill to pursue further education or enter a career within the industry. From September 2017 our highly successful department will be delivering the new AQA Design and Technology: Product Design specification. To be delivered over two years, this exciting qualification will continually push and challenge you to consider and respond to current observations of the world we live in.

Following a period of investigation, you will develop your own brief and produce a final prototype demonstrating your ability to respond to a problem. A keen interest in all things design is a must as is a genuine ability to problem solve. You will be assessed on their ability to explore, design, make, analyse and evaluate. Although not necessary, previous qualifications in Technology would be advised, such as GCSE Design and Technology and a Level 2 BTEC in Engineering.


  • Paper One
    How am I assessed? Mixture of short answers, multiple choice and extended response.
    Duration: 2 hours.
  • Paper Two
    How am I assessed? Up to six short answer questions with two extended response questions.
    What is assessed? Product analysis (short answer) and commercial manufacture (extended response).
  • Non-exam Assessment (NEA)
    How am I assessed? Controlled assignment, with the brief written by students.

Future Paths

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Product Design, you could progress to university.
    Potential courses include:
    > Furniture Design
    > Interior Design
    > Manufacturing
    > Product Design