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DT – Product Design (3D Design) AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

The course units provide excellent progression and diversity and lead to qualifications that reflect a strong understanding of design.

At AS level the students have the opportunity to work on a real life brief working with Calne Town Council to design and develop areas of the town and its street furniture.

During A2 students will select individual projects and work with a client to solve real problems.

Course content

Students following this course will develop the following skills:

  • Develop and enhance their own creative and innovative design skills while following the design process; producing in-depth research analysis, detailed design sheets, effective models and quality prototypes
  • Develop a critical understanding of processes and products through product analysis
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of materials, tools, machinery and production processes including CAD/CAM in order to plan for larger scale production
  • Use ICT to enhance their design and technological capability
  • Develop an understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues relating to design and manufacture
  • Develop as discerning consumers who are able to make informed choices; develop positive attitudes to co-operation and citizenship and work collaboration

A feature of the course is that students are given the opportunity to experience industrial and community environments first hand.

Entry requirements

• An A*-B result at GCSE Where there is over-subscription the following criteria will apply:

• A judgement about work ethic and application to a coursework approach. This may include meeting of GCSE coursework deadlines.

• Career aspirations in the field of design

• The intention to pursue the A2 course



Unit 1 Written examination 2 hours 50% (25%)

Unit 2 Coursework Project 50% (25%)


Unit 3 Written examination 2 hours (25%)

Unit 4 Coursework (25%)

Future opportunities

The course provides a gateway to many higher level courses including HNC, GNVQ, apprenticeships and degree courses. The course offers a strong foundation for the following career paths; Industrial Design including Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Production Design, Architecture, Product Design, Interior Design, Advertising, Graphic Design and Automotive Design.

Further information

As part of the course students will be given the opportunity to visit industrial places to experience industrial processes and manufacture in action. A three day trip to Paris (or alternative destination) combining curriculum work with some cultural and leisure activities, will take place early in October. Since we do not know the composition of the group until the September following GCSE results, we do not operate a deposit system; we will collect the full balance of approximately £350 during a parents’ information evening early in September.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

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