Design technology

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Design skills and the ability to visualise new ideas can be useful in many job families such as marketing, sales and advertising, arts crafts and design, broadcast media and performing arts, journalism and publishing, construction, as well as engineering and manufacturing.

Applied and job-related learning

There is a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECs, NVQ/SVQs, and diplomas) linked to an interest in design technology, such as:

  • graphic design
  • fashion styling
  • art and design
  • media
  • engineering
  • photography
  • construction and building services
  • motor vehicle – technology and repair


There is a range of apprenticeships that link to an interest in design technology, including:

  • junior product designer
  • theatre set carpenter
  • farrier
  • service technician  
  • civil engineering technician
  • plumber
  • design and draughting technician
  • engineering model maker 

Academic subjects – such as A levels

  • You can study design and technology, product design (3D), product design (textiles), systems and control technology, food technology.
  • Related subjects include art, graphic design, media, music technology, computing, maths, physics, photography, sculpture, textiles, engineering.