Product Design - 3D Design


An opportunity to invent, create, and produce something completely unique.

Exam board: AQA

Who is it for?

Students with a keen interest in design and technology.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entrance requirements, the department requires a grade 4 or better in a design related GCSE.

Course content

Throughout years twelve and thirteen, lessons are divided up into theory; in preparation for the two (proposed) written examinations, and coursework; where time is dedicated to developing a portfolio and manufacturing. Coursework lessons are often less teacher-led and require students to take ownership of their projects by coming in with a plan of action and making sure they have any relevant resources. For the non-exam assessed module (coursework), students will research a range of starting points from which they will formulate a design brief. They will then develop a range of design proposals through sketching and prototyping. Trialling and testing with different materials and processes will follow before manufacturing the final product. It is imperative that students include a real-life client in their project in order to gain experience of designing for other users. They must also be prepared to go outside of the classroom to carry out primary research. CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacture) is used extensively in modern product development. Therefore, students must utilize both in their coursework projects. Prior to making their products they will produce a Solid works model with 2-D engineering drawings and we encourage them to make use of the department’s laser cutter and 3-D printer for prototyping/ manufacturing.

Weekly commitment

Students can expect to have five hours class time per week with three to five hours homework. They will also be expected to do private study, additional reading and research.


AQA’s proposed assessment will be in the form of two external written exams, each providing 25% of the overall grade. The other 50% will come from coursework made up of a portfolio of work and a made product.

Additional Costs

Students will be expected to provide their own basic equipment, such as; Masking tape, spray mount/Pritt-Stick, eraser, a range of drawing pencils 2B – 2H, Fine line drawing pens 0.3 – 0.5. Students are expected to pay for material costs for Unit 2 & Unit 4. Each student should purchase an A4+ sketch book, these are available in the school shop, and most art shops will stock a variety of qualities and sizes from approximately £4.50.

Career Prospects

This course will provide a career path into areas such as product design, graphic design, industrial design, furniture design and architecture.

For further information, contact:

Miss R Keen