Design Technology

Examination Board: AQA


Why study Product Design: 3D Design?

This subject offers you the opportunity to design the products of the future and take a broad view of Design and Technology. To develop your creativity and ability to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between designs, materials, advertising, manufacturing processes and marketing.  You will have the opportunity to work through a variety of projects, gaining a number of skills in Year 12 and design and make a product in Year 13. The practical problem solving process in this course will encourage independent learning, creativity and innovation.


Course Content            

Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application; metals, plastics, woods, smart materials, components, processes and manufacture, industrial practice, systems and control, design and market influences, design in practice, communication methods, design in the human context, industrial and commercial practice, systems and control.


Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making; students follow a portfolio approach working through a variety of projects in a variety of media and materials.


Unit 3: Design and Manufacture; The A2 content enables candidates to further develop their knowledge and understanding of materials and components, design and market influences and processes and manufacture.


Unit 4: Design and Making Practice; this is a design and make assignment where knowledge of the AS and A2 subject content is applied to the design and manufacture of students’ own projects.




Year 12

  • Unit 1; written paper (Materials, Components and Application); 2hr exam; 50% of AS

(25% of A2)

  • Unit 2; coursework (50 hours); internal assessment; 50% of AS


Year 13

  • Unit 3; written paper (Design and Manufacture); 2hr exam; 25% of A2
  • Unit 4; coursework (60 hours); internal assessment; 25% of A2


Style of Learning

A Level Product Design 3D Design encompasses all learning styles. In order to succeed, students need to be committed and demonstrate an interest in the world of design and innovation. This is a demanding course, from both the practical point of view as well as the theoretical side of the subject.


Career Opportunities

Further Education: Art Foundation courses, BTEC National Diplomas.

Higher Education: 3D Design, Product Design, Jewellery & Silversmith, Model making for Design and Media, Furniture Design Degree Courses.


Entry Requirements:

GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics, plus 3 other GCSE subjects. Previous study in a Technology subject is preferable but not essential.  If you have an interest in designed products and can demonstrate that you have some creative ability through a previous course in Art or a similar subject, you may be accepted to undertake 3D Product Design.


Contact: Mr A Atkinson-Young