Subject: Design Technology-Product Design (3D Design)

Design Technology - Product Design (3D Design) is a challenging ‘hands on’ subject.  You will need to be able to think holistically and draw on other core subject areas. The specification has been designed to encourage candidates to take a broad view of technology and design, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and making. 

Skills Attained:

The content has been divided into three sections:  Materials and Components, Design and Market Influences and Processes and Manufacture. You will need to be adaptable and versatile developing knowledge and understanding of the physical and mechanical properties of a broad range of materials and components and methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products. You will gain first-hand experience in practical project work, and will also develop knowledge of the health and safety issues relevant to working with materials.  The course also includes the opportunity to learn about the use of computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacture (CAM), and the use of basic quality control measures.  In addition to this, through study and detailed analysis of a wide range of products, you will begin to develop knowledge and understanding of the broader issues for the designer such as: environmental sustainability of products and their manufacture, ergonomic and anthropometrics, inclusive design, and consumer safety.   


Unit 1 – PROD1 Materials, Components and Application is 50% of the AS and 25% of the ‘A’ Level, comprising a 2 hour written paper and worth 80 marks.  This will be based primarily on Materials and Components and consisting of three sections.  Section 1 contains compulsory limited response questions, Section 2 offers a choice of one question from two and Section 3 contains one compulsory question.  Available in June only.

Unit 2 – PROD2 Learning through Designing and Making is 50% of the AS and 25% of the ‘A’ Level, Coursework – approximately 50 hours and worth 80 marks.  A written (or electronic) design portfolio with a manufactured outcome(s) centre assessed.  Available in June only.

Unit 3 – PROD3 Design and Manufacture 25% of the ‘A’ Level.
A two hour written paper worth 84 marks.  This will be based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections.  Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section, plus a final question from either section.  Includes synoptic assessment.  Available in June only.

Unit 4 – PROD4 Design and Making Practice 25% of ‘A’ Level Coursework – approximately 60 hours and worth 85 marks.  A written (or electronic) design folder and a manufactured outcome.  Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity.  Available in June only. 

Future Opportunities:

This type of course would particularly suit candidates wishing to pursue a career in Design, Engineering, Theatre and Education.  3D Design is intended to reflect the wide-ranging activities of professional designers and covers a wide range of materials.