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Design and Technology: Product Design (3D Design) A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

All students are encouraged to be innovative in their design creations and produce high-quality, modelled-prototypes of their products.

  • Develop a critical understanding of the influences of technological activity, from a historical perspective and current practice.
  • Learn to apply analytical and evaluative skills to a range of procedures and gain an understanding in industrial practices as well as relating to our future resource and environment needs.
  • Use a variety of ICT CAD/CAM skills to communicate high quality design concepts during development.
  • Work as independent researchers and make informed choices via detail analysis.
  • Cultivate positive attitudes of co-operation and work collaboratively.


Entry requirements

Excellent time management to meet deadlines. Keen interest and enjoyment of designing and the production of high quality, modelled prototypes of their ideas. To develop a toolbox of product analysis skills applied to the key concepts of function and ergonomics within everyday objects. To evaluate prototypes against specification and develop suitable modifications for industrial production. Students are also expected to be in contact with a specialist in industry during the project to help with continuous feedback and development of their product.

GCSE grade 5 is required in Product Design, Resistant Materials or Engineering. (GCSE grade 4 for a trial period).

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.


Coursework: 50%

Examination: 50%

Awarding Body: AQA

Future opportunities

Successful candidates can continue into further education in related design fields, such as engineering/product furniture/graphic design, advertising, product/architectural modelling, CAD/CAM operations, material applications, animatronics, ergonomics, anthropometrics, and all fields of design and manufacturing including one off craft designing. Some design studios and companies may be prepared to take on students for modern apprenticeships or additional training to learn specific skills. The production of a high quality Design Portfolio during this course has assisted many students in interviews and selection procedures to initiate their careers in related subjects.

Further information

Relevant graphic equipment will assist the communication of design work, such as good quality blendable colour pencils, small selection of markers, fineline pens, etc.

A copy of the essential textbook 'AQA Design and Technology: Product Design' ISBN 978-0-1487-8257-4 approximately £25.00, is a pre-requisite of the course.

All software programmes and course details available at home or school via Citrix/Fronter.

Due to the ever-increasing price and variety of materials supplied, we request a small donation of £10 towards these costs.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 December 2017

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