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Design and Technology: Product Design - 3D Design A Level at St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls

Course description

Product Design allows students to pursue their passion for designing and making products from a variety of materials. The course will aid anyone interested in careers in design of any sort, business (e.g. product development), engineering and science (particularly physics). It will also bring skills of team working, planning, evaluating, meeting people from industry and catering to people’s needs.

There are many trips to design events in London and the possibility to work with professionals in the design industry to develop your prototype products.

The aims of the specification are to encourage students to:

  • Develop their innovation, creativity and D&T capability, to produce high quality products.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the influences of design in the past, present and future.
  • Apply knowledge of production processes to a range of technological activities, to develop an understanding of industrial practices and a wide range of materials.
  • Use information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance their D&T capability
  • Develop an understanding of health and safety, to develop spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural awareness in design and technological activity
  • Develop critical evaluation skills in technical, economic, environmental, social and cultural contexts
  • Develop as discerning consumers able to make informed choices
  • Develop positive attitudes of co-operation and citizenship and work collaboratively

Course Content


Unit 1 – Materials, components and applications

Unit 2 – Coursework. Students are given, or develop their own need or opportunity from which they must design and manufacture a product


Unit 3 – Designing and Manufacture

Unit 4 – Students are given the opportunity to design and manufacture a product of their own choice

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics. Students should have a broad academic background and should have undertaken a course that provides a solid foundation for Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE work. A GCSE in any technology subject but preferably Resistant Materials or Product Design, would provide a suitable basis. The study of Art and Design, Physics, Chemistry, Business Studies, Computing, ICT or Electronics would also be a suitable basis. Students should have a strong interest in designing, modelling, making and evaluating products or systems and an interest in the processes and products of design and technological activity.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2015
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Key information

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