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Design and Technology (Product Design 3D Design) A Level at Ilkley Grammar School

Course description

The product design specification is a creative and thought-provoking qualification which gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.

3D Product Design is intended to reflect the wide-ranging activities of professional designers and a wide range of materials. Project and coursework will contain significant graphic elements; such as coursework presentation, sketching, CAD and modelling. All project work requires a functioning three dimensional outcome.

This course is best suited to dedicated, creative and hardworking students from the 3D materials based Design and Technology GCSE courses.

Course content

3D Product Design offers you an opportunity to gain satisfaction and a positive experience working with a variety of materials. The practical problem solving processes in this course will require and develop independent learning, creativity and innovation.

You are encouraged to:
Develop and maintain your own innovation, creativity and design and technology capability, to overcome constraints and to produce high quality products;
Develop an understanding of the influences of the processes and products of design and technology activity from a historical perspective and in current practice;
Apply understanding and skills of design production processes to a range of technological activity and develop an understanding of industrial practices;
Use ICT to enhance your design and technological capability;
Develop critical evaluation skills in technical, aesthetic, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts;
Develop as discerning consumers the ability to make informed choices.

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for Post-16: 5 grade 4/C at GCSE, preferably including English and Maths.
Specific entry requirements: Grade C/4 GCSE in a Design and Technology if taken.
This course can lead to a variety of higher education and career opportunities including:
Teaching Product Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Architect, Manufacturing, Engineering, CAD/
CAM Operation, Structural Engineering.


Paper 1: written exam: Core technical principles and core designing and making principles; 2 hours; 100marks, 25% of A’level.
Paper 2: written exam: Specialist knowledge, technical and designing and making principles; 2 hours; 25% of A’level.

Non-exam assessment (NEA)
Practical application of technical principles, designing and making principles and specialist knowledge;
Substantial design and make task; 45hours; 100marks; 50% of A’level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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