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Design Technology: Product Design (3D)

An A level in Design Technology: Product Design (3D) allows you to get creative, explore the key relationships between design, manufacturing, materials and marketing, and work your way through the stages of production, from idea to prototype and beyond.

You'll also consider environmental and sustainability issues, safety considerations and inclusive design as well as materials, components, design and market influences.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

This A level covers the three following units:

  • Materials and components
  • Design and market influences
  • Processes and manufacture

You will look at the use of materials and components from a variety of angles including appropriate use, sustainability, cost and environmental factors.

In addition to this, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the broader design issues such as environmental sustainability, inclusive design and consumer safety.

Students will also learn the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products, and through their workshop experience understand the health and safety considerations.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a written examination, design portfolio and manufactured outcome at both the end of the first year and at the end of the second year.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and grade B in maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This A level combines the practical aspects of engineering along with the skills and mind-set of a designer, meaning that the range of options available to you are wide and varied.

You may choose to study at degree level or earn whilst you learn with a higher apprenticeship.

This could lead to a career in advertising, architecture computer animation, engineering, interior design, fashion design or graphic design.

Ref: Joanne Greenhalgh

Why study A levels with us?

Route to University

A levels are a more traditional, direct route to university.

Competitive Edge

You'll show that you're capable of thinking at an advanced level.

Tailored Subjects

You'll combine three subjects to help prepare you for your future.

Develop Skills

You’ll develop crucial research and communication skills.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications.

Earn and Learn

Progress onto a higher apprenticeship to earn and learn.