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Product Design (3D) AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

Design affects all our lives in many ways. Products from: • cars to teaspoons; • environments; • buildings; • computers to rail networks; • car boot sale flyers to advertising campaigns All have to be designed – then made, marketed and used. Designing is part of a wider process and there are many career choices in design. Although many lessons are taught topics and focused tasks, a large proportion of your time on the course is spent on longer design projects, research and written case studies. Good planning and time management are essential – but help and guidance is at hand!

Course content

You will study a number of manageable topics that build upon each other to provide design knowledge and skills. They will place you in the role of designer and develop an awareness of design related matters. Assignments include focused tasks, projects, visits and written investigations.

Entry requirements

Usually GCSE A*-B in Design and Technology.


First year assessment requires two modules. Unit 1 is assessed by an exam and tests knowledge of materials, components and application. Unit 2 is a coursework component consisting of one project chosen from a range of briefs. Students are encouraged to study existing designs, including ways of improving them and to apply their knowledge and understanding. Units are equally weighted. There are a further two modules in the second year of the course leading to the full A level.

Future opportunities

Design and Technology is a sound basis for further and higher education, especially for those who want to go into graphic design, fashion and textile design, architecture, interior design, product design, industrial design or engineering. In addition to subject specific skills, such as CAD and rapid prototyping, there are soft skills developed on the course that are beneficial for a range of areas of further study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years