Product Design (3D) A-Level Course

Introduction to Product Design (3D)


Product Design (3D) is for students who have a creative flair and interest in designing and making products from hard materials. You will need to be skilled in using tools and machines in a workshops environment and you will be encouraged in the use of CAD & CAM. 

If gadgets, gizmos and products are your thing, this is your chance to design some of your very own.  You never know, we could see them in the shops soon!

The lessons are practical throughout the course.  You will be given four short design and make projects (design a chair, jewellery, mirror and design a lamp) and throughout practical lessons you will be expected to work independently to produce a portfolio of design work. By studying this subject, you will automatically become part of the Arts Academy enrichment programme, gain the opportunity to work with industry professionals and take part in master classes for this specific genre of the art world.

Teaching & Assessment

Year 12
Unit 1 - Materials, Components and Application
2 hour written paper, 80 marks, 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
Unit 2 - Learning Through Designing and Making
Coursework - approx 50 hours. 80 marks,  50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller projects or a portfolio of work

Year 13
Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture
2 hour written paper, 84 marks, 25% of A-Level
Unit 4 - Design and Making Practice
Coursework - approx 60 hours, 85 marks, 25% of A-Level

Vocational Progression

Excellent openings await in the design world from CAD architect and CAM machine operator to designing the next generation of mobile phones, games consoles, lighting, and many other products. Universities view this as an excellent course if you wish to take your studies further in the world of design.

Course Structure

Year 12

This is intended to deliver a wide range of skills covering a number of materials and making processes. You will work with wood, metal, plastic, smart and modern materials. A range of tools and machines will be used, from the basic saw to the more advanced laser cutter and 3D printer.

Students will learn through design and manufacture with a client based project.