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Product Design 3D Design A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

Introduction: It’s a Product Design World Think about the objects that you love. Your mobile phone with its’ delicious curves was designed on a computer screen. The car you yearn for started life as a reduced size clay model. A building that you admire sprang from the drawing board of an architect. It’s not a new phenomenon. Our fascination with Product Design goes back to flint arrow heads and earthenware pots. As a Product Designer you are at the crossroads of a number of skills. Of course you need creativity, in order to imagine the shape and function of the object. You will also need to know about manufacturing processes, materials and marketing. 

Product Design is an enormously satisfying career. You have an idea and with the use of tools like wood, metal, plastic, clay, DAD / CAM - it comes to life. Imagine how satisfying it must be for the person who designed the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy to hold the finished product in their hand.

Your AS and A Level studies cover four main topics, and you will study two of these in the AS year and 4 in A Level years. 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 produce some coursework using your own design with a range of materials and media. 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 that you will only do in Year 13 if you are taking the A Level course for two years. You will design and make a product and record the processes that you went through to achieve a successful outcome.

Course content

At AS level students develop an understanding of a broad range of materials, with emphasis on the life cycle of products, manufacture and final disposal. You will also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety:

- Examined: Core principle and making principles along with additional specialist knowledge.
- Non-Exam Assessment: Learning Through Designing and Making, single design and make project

In this year you’ll have two assessments. A two hour written paper accounts for 50% of your total marks. The coursework and your design portfolio account for another 50% of your marks.


At A2, students have the opportunity to further develop their knowledge and practical skills. You will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture: 
- Examined Paper 1: Core principle and making principles along with additional specialist knowledge.
- Examined Paper 2: Specialist knowledge, techniques and designing and making principles
- Non-Exam Assessment: Learning Through Designing and Making, single design and make project

In these two years you will have two, two hour written papers at the end of the two years accounting for 50% of your marks and the coursework and your design portfolio account for the final 50% of your A Level marks.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have studied one of the following GCSEs: Technology, Product Design, Resistant Materials, Graphic Products, Systems & Controls, Engineering / Manufacturing and gained an overall B grade for entry onto the course.

Future opportunities

Product Design could take you into a number of exciting career paths. Of course there’s product engineering or automotive design. But what about computer generated cartoons? Or maybe CAD for industry appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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