Students will develop the skills to design and make products, identifying the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

They will learn about the product lifecycle, environmental sustainability and consumer safety, as well as the processes of commercial production.

The course is ideal for anyone interested in building on the foundation of skills learned in GCSE Design & Technology. Students will use a variety of tools, equipment and materials including plastics, wood and metal and undertake design activities including drawing and sketching, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and model making.

Specific requirements

  • Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C including English and Maths.
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  • A portfolio of art/design work should be presented at interview.

What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • WJEC


  • Examination - 100%

Course Content:

  • Year One
    • Personal Investigation which consists of two integrated constituent parts, a major in-depth critical, practical and theoretical investigative project/portfolio based on themes and subject matter that have personal significance and an extended written element which relates to the practical and theoretical work
  • Year Two
    • Externally set assignment also consisting of two integrated constituent parts, namely supporting studies/preparatory work followed by a 15 hour period of sustained focus work, both of which are assessed together. This places equal value on creative processes and their outcomes.

Where does it lead?

Many students have progressed onto degree courses including architecture, civil engineering, landscape architecture, industrial product design, furniture design, computer aided design, graphic design, design engineering and teaching. Other options after Cadbury College include employment or an apprenticeship within design, manufacturing, engineering or a related sector.


“I studied Design & Technology with Mathematics and Music Performance at Cadbury College. I am now studying Architectural Technology at Birmingham City University.”

Kimberley Yates