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Product Design - AS/A2 at Mossbourne Community Academy

Course description

It’s a 3-D world. Think about the objects that you love. Your mobile phone, with its delicious curves, was designed on a computer screen. The car you yearn for started life as a reduced size clay model. A building that you admire sprang from the drawing board of an architect, and it’s not a new phenomenon. As a 3D designer you are at the crossroads of a number of skills. Of course you need creativity, in order to imagine the shape and function of the object. But you’ll also need to know about manufacturing processes, materials and marketing.

Course content

AS Outline
Students study the following units in conjunction with a range of short Design and Make activities culminating in a 50-hour Design and Make controlled assessment, involving:
• Materials, components and application.
• Commercial and industrial processes.
• Design, environment and ergonomics.
A2 Outline
At A2 students study the following units and complete an advanced, 50-hour Design and Make controlled assessment:
• Learning through Design and Manufacture.
• Design and Market Influences.
• Iconic products

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade B in GCSE Design and Technology Resistant Materials or Graphic Products or Distinction in BTEC Product Design.


At A/S level you will have two assessments, and it is the same at A2 level. A two-hour written examination paper is taken AS level and A2 level and accounts for 25% of your total marks. You will undertake an individual project at A/S and A2 level which comprises of a design portfolio and make a prototype account. These projects last for 60 hours each and account for other 25% of your marks at both A/S and A2 level.

Future opportunities

3D design could take you into a huge variety of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product design, but there are a great many careers and higher level courses from architecture or interior design, advertising, aeronautical engineering, automotive design, computer aided design, construction, engineering and manufacturing, graphic design, industrial design to name just a few. This course could take you into the wonderful world of creative design which has a great many sectors. The human condition by its very nature requires us to create and improve; and therefore these skills will always be in very high demand.

Further information

For more information on this course, please contact Nicola Robinson, Sixth Form Officer,

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mossbourne Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 November 2014
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