Design Technology: Product Design (3D)

A level Design Technology: Product Design (3D) combines the practical aspects of engineering with the skills and mind-set of a designer, as you explore the key relationships between design, manufacturing, materials and marketing.

You'll work your way through the stages of production, from an original idea to prototype and beyond, considering environmental and sustainability issues, costs, safety considerations, materials and market influences.

Studying this A level will develop your technical skills, creativity and problem-solving skills in preparation for university and a successful career within the design industry.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Mathematics and A level Physics.

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?

During this A level, you will cover the 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 written examinations at the end of year 13, a design portfolio and manufactured outcome.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and grade 5 in maths (equivalent to grade B).

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), 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 visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

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

This A level combines the practical aspects of engineering and design, 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 variety of careers in advertising, architecture, computer animation, engineering, interior design, fashion design or graphic design.

Ref: Joanne Greenhalgh

What our tutors say...

"Originality and creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, whether big or small. Design is about knowing which ones to keep hold of. Study Design Technology and learn how to bring your ideas to life."

Steve, Design Technology Tutor

Why choose our A Level Academy?

Dedicated Support

Our class sizes are small and the support focussed to help you to stay on track with your studies.

Excellent Progression

We have progression routes that lead to university, a higher apprenticeship or employment.

Tailored Subjects

Study three A levels or choose a Professional Skills Programme to help you prepare for your future.

Transport Links

Getting to St Helens College is easier than ever with our free bus pass and dedicated bus service.

UCAS Applications

Experienced tutors provide support with UCAS applications and personal statements.

Student Experience

Gain insight from industry guest speakers, travel abroad and in the UK and compete in competitions.