AS/A Level Design and Technology

Key Details

  • Available at
    Dolgellau, Pwllheli
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    International, AS/A-Level
  • Course Length

    1-2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (FE)
  • Bilingual

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Dolgellau
    • Pwllheli

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like to develop a broad understanding of design and technology? This course is aimed at a wide range of students who wish to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. It allows you to gain skills in designing and making products, which will be demonstrated through practical course work.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications.

The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.

The course gives you an introduction to the field of design and manufacturing technology. You will have the opportunity to develop your design and making skills through sketchbook and project work. You will also be able to use computerised design systems (CAD/CAM), and will have opportunities to experience product design in industrial context. Foreign trips and educational visits to exhibitions may also be arranged.

Year 1 (AS)

DT1 – Theory work: This covers four main topics: design and innovation; product analysis; materials and components; industrial and commercial practice. The unit is worth 40% of the AS grade, and will involve a written exam.

DT2 – Design and make portfolio (Open brief): This practical unit consists of six stages – research; designing; planning for making; selecting materials and processes; evaluation; making. It is a project-based unit, worth 60% of the AS grade.

Year 2 (A2)

DT3 – Theory work: This covers an additional four topics building on AS work and taking your knowledge to an advanced level: human responsibility; public interaction; processes; production systems and control. The unit will be assessed with a written exam and is equivalent to 20% of the A-level grade.

DT4 – Design and make portfolio (Set brief): This practical unit follows the same six stages as the AS practical unit with further emphasis on innovation and creativity in design. It is a project-based unit, worth 30% of the A-level grade.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:

  • 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
  • GCSE Design and Technology or related subject grade C

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.

Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Lectures and classroom work to include group work
  • Interactive resources on the course MOODLE (VLE) site
  • Listening, reading and responding
  • Practical workshop sessions


The theory units will be examined in May/June each year. The project and portfolio work will be assessed in parts throughout the year and externally moderated in early May.


Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

If you choose to continue your studies in a related subject, there are many university courses available, and your studies on the A Level course will help you to make an informed choice from the options available.

You could progress onto a Foundation Degree in Art and Design, or apply for a degree in teaching, product design, jewellery design, fashion and textiles, engineering, architecture, or any other area which interests you.

Would you like to apply for this course?