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Production Design (3D Design) A Level at Norton College

Course description

At AS your portfolio is worth 80 marks– this is split into 4 sections, Research, Design and Development, Making & Prototyping, and Testing & Evaluation. There are also a percentage of marks available for good use of communication, presentation, spelling and grammar. You will complete two design and make tasks at AS, the best sections from each of these projects will then be submitted to create a portfolio of work. At A2 your portfolio is worth 85 marks – this again is split into an essay based section called Identification of Design Problem, in this section you will find a design problem yourself and then research into its effects and potential solutions.

The three remaining sections are Design with Development and Modelling, Making, and Testing & Evaluation. As before a percentage of marks is given for good use of communication, presentation, spelling and grammar. As you progress through the course your contact time will mostly be spent in controlled assessment on your Unit Two tasks – each task taking around 25 hours to complete.
In your independent study time you will be given projects to support your subject knowledge – this will be instrumental in the preparation towards the exam
in Unit One. Your independent projects will take between 4–6 weeks to complete and will be assessed every 2–3 weeks. The independent projects continue at A2 and will support your Major Project for Unit Four and will support you to develop a
writing framework to enable you to successfully answer the essay style question in Unit Three.

Entry requirements

GCSE or equivalent: 5 A*-C.
English and Maths - C or above.
Specific - B in subject area.


Unit One - PROD 1: Materials, Components and Applications. This is a 2 hour written paper with 3 questions, part a is about materials, part b is about product analysis and part c requires an essay style response. (50% at AS, 25% at A2)

Unit Two- PROD 2: Learning through Designing and Manufacture. This is a 50 hour controlled assessment task in which you will design and manufacture 2 products. Areas of good practice will be selected and submitted as part of a portfolio which will be assessed. (50% at AS, 25% at A2)

Unit Three-PROD 3: Design and Manufacture. This is a 2 hour question paper with 3 questions that require an essay style response. (25% of A Level)
Unit Four - PROD 4: Design and Manufacture in Practice. This is a 60 hour controlled assessment task in which you will design and make one product and create a supporting portfolio. (25% of A Level).

Future opportunities

The course is ideal for any career that follows the creative pathway for example; Product or Graphic Design, Furniture and Cabinet Making, Theatrical Set Design, Fashion Design, 3D Design, Vehicle Design, Jewellery Design and Industrial Engineering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton College directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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