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Product Design 3-D A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

Your A-Level studies cover four main topics, and you will study two of these each year. In ‘Materials, components and application’ - you’ll look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. In ‘Learning through Designing and Making’ you will design and manufacture a lighting based product using a wide range of materials and media. This can take the form of a resistant materials or graphic products style project. In the second year you’ll get to grips with ‘Design and manufacture’ - helping you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology, or form and function. ‘Design and making in practice’ is the practical, coursework part. You’ll make an object and record the processes that you went through.

Entry requirements

Yes – any DT subject at C Grade.


AS Level

 Unit title: (PROD1) Materials, Components and Application Assessment: Examination 50%

Unit title: (PROD2) Learning Through Designing and Making. A portfolio of work or a single design and make project Assessment: Coursework 50%

A2 Level

Unit title: (PROD3) Design and Manufacture Assessment: Examination 50%

Unit title: (PROD4) Design and Making Practice.

Students will be required to complete a substantial and extended design and make project Assessment: Coursework 50%

Future opportunities

In the past students who have successfully completed an A-level in this subject have progressed to higher education courses or higher level apprenticeship related to electrical engineering, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, industrial design, product design, graphic design and structural engineering, including architecture. Students who have not followed a related course at a higher level have found that design and technology is highly regarded by university admission tutors and that the approach to problem solving and communication that is developed within the course is transferable to other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

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