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3D Product Design A Level at Ponteland Community High School

Course description


The course will appeal to those students who enjoy:

Designing and creating something new and innovative

Analysing existing products as case studies, observing strengths and weaknesses, in order to improve one’s own design

Problem solving and researching possible solutions throughout the design and make process

Manipulating and investigating materials and their properties

Using computer software to create industry standard 3D visuals

Using computers with traditional manufacturing skills, to make a quality product

Working to deadlines and working on several projects at the same time

Researching the history and development of design and designers

Learning about materials, propert ies and processes

Course content


Unit 1 - Materials and Components: Examination – 2 hours

Health and Safety

Material Classification

Environmental/ sustainability issues

Testing Materials mechanical and physical properties 

Factors which influence choice 

Ergonomics and anthropometrics

Processes, manufacture and quality control 

Manipulation and material experimentation

Unit 2 - Design and make Project: Coursework – 50 hours

A design project involving research, presenting ideas and 3D modelling


Unit 3 - Design and Manufacture: Examination – 2 hours

Materials and Components - Evolution, selection and application of materials for the manufacture of modern products. 

Design and Market Influences – Major developments in Technology. An appraisal of functional, aesthetic, technical and economic considerations in the design and manufacture of products. Product life cycle. The role of the designer. Design methods. Health and safety.

Processes and manufacture – ICT applications and manufacturing systems.

Unit 4 - Design and Make Project: Coursework – 60 hours

A single s ubstantial project consisting of a design folder and manufactured project.

Entry requirements

C in Technology or Science


External Examinations in AS and A2 May/June

Coursework, worth 50% of final grade, is assessed by t eacher and external moderator, with final deadline.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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