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Product Design: 3D Design A and AS Level at William Howard School

Course description

Why should you follow this course?

  • You have successfully completed a GCSE course and wish to gain a broad view of Design and Technology.
  • You wish to gain a greater understanding of the development of design and technology and its impact on all of our lives.
  • You have studied any of the following with a degree of success: Resistant Materials, Product Design.
  • You are determined to work hard.
  • You wish to design and make products.
  • You enjoy creatively solving problems.
  • You can work to strict deadlines.
  • You are self-motivated and enjoy working independently.

Course content

During the course you will:

  • Design and make products to solve problems.
  • Investigate materials and associated manufacturing processes.
  • Develop knowledge of CADCAM and integrate into your design.
  • Gain a greater appreciation of the relationship between design, materials, manufacture and marketing, including industrial applications.
  • Be able to work with a range of materials: wood, metal, plastics and graphic media (you may specialise in one material or combine them to design, model and manufacture your products).
  • Develop an appreciation of designers.



In Year 12 you will study Unit 1 which is based primarily on Materials and Components. This is worth 50% of the AS course and 25% of the A Level course.

Unit 2 Learning through Designing and Making involves the design and manufacture of two mini projects, the design work of which will provide a portfolio of evidence for assessment. This will take approximately 50 hours of contact time and is worth 50% of the AS course and 25% of the A Level course.



In Year 13 you will study Unit 3 which is based on Design and Manufacturing Issues and is worth 25% of the A Level course.

Unit 4 requires you to Design and Manufacture a product in approximately 60 hours and is worth 25% of the A Level course.


• Modular examinations

• Design and make tasks

Future opportunities


Designing is a creative activity which involves identifying and resolving problems, creating realistic responses and then producing and testing solutions.

3D design could take you into a number of exciting career paths - product design, design for industry, transport design, furniture design, jewellery, architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising and engineering.

Each area obviously requires a different type of knowledge but all involve similar design activities.

To follow Engineering please look to combine Product Design with Science and Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact William Howard School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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