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Design and Technology: Product Design (3D) A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

This subject provides an interesting, challenging and stimulating area for study in the Sixth Form. The knowledge, understanding and skills gained are likely to be of great benefit to students pursuing further studies and to the world of work. The course encourages 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, manufacturing and marketing. The course might well complement the study of Mathematics and Sciences or provide a contrast to the study of Arts, Languages and Social Sciences.

Course content

Much of the subject content is covered through project work reinforced by industrial visits and appropriate videos. The emphasis will be on the solution of Design and Technology based problems using appropriate communication, practical and design skills. Opportunities will be provided for students to develop their personal interest and abilities, particularly when choosing their project for Unit 4. Past examples include:

  • bike maintenance unit
  • music stand
  • aids for the elderly and disabled
  • rugby training apparatus

The subject content consists of the following areas:

  • Materials & Components
    • the classification of materials
    • working properties
    • manipulation & combining materials
  • Design & Market Influence
    • the  history of design
    • design in practice
    • marketing
    • communication
  • Industrial & commercial practice
    • developments and product life cycles
    • product manufacture

Entry requirements

A grade C at GCSE in a Design and Technology or art based subject is required, and a B grade is recommended, as is an interest in design. It is also essential for students following this course to be highly motivated and self disciplined, since much of the work will require independent research and planning.


AS Examination

Unit 1     50%        Written paper 2 hrs

  (25% – A2)           materials & components

Unit 2      50%      coursework 50 hrs

   (25% – A2)         design & make project(s)

A2 Examination

Unit 3        25%     written paper 2 hrs

            design and manufacture

Unit 4           25%   coursework 60 hrs

             single design and make project

Further information

Design and Technology: Product Design (3D) A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilmslow High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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