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Design & Technology - Product Design 3d AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School

Course description

This subject is still a legacy A level. This means that the result of the AS exams contributes 50% to the overall A level marks, the second 50% coming from exams at the end of year 13 on the A2 modules. 

Course content


Unit 1 (PROD1): The AS course consists of a 2hr written examination (Unit 1) based on Materials, Components and Application, this accounts for 50% of the AS course. The other 50% is achieved through a Coursework Project.

Unit 2 (PROD2): Learning through designing and making (Unit 2), where a portfolio of work will be submitted for assessment.


Unit 3 (PROD3): The A2 course consists of two units. There is a 2hr written examination (Unit 3) based on Design and Manufacture, this accounts for 25% of the A2 course. The other 25% is achieved through a Coursework Project.

Unit 4 (PROD4): Designing and Making Practice (Unit 4), where a single design and make project will be submitted for assessment.


How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):

A range of skills work will be used to develop your knowledge and understanding of Product Design and the associated materials and manufacturing techniques. You will develop your practical skills and undertake a range of focused practical tasks and design and make assignments in order to successfully complete the examination and coursework units. Supporting theory work will take place both in class and at home.


Skills you will need:

Product Design links together the different Design and Technology disciplines – you will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of materials and components and their application and a lot of time will be spent working in the workshops. To be successful you will need to have a clear interest in designing and making products and you will need to be motivated to complete the design and make projects across both the AS / A2, spending considerable amount of time outside of your timetabled lessons to maximise the marks awarded in the coursework modules to lay the foundation of your final grades.

Entry requirements

To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.


AS and A2

The AS and A2 3d Product Design course consists of 4 modules. Two modules are taken in Year 12 and two modules are taken in Year 13. Each year there is a 2 hour examination and a coursework project. Across the two years it is a 50:50 split.

Future opportunities

Product Design, Engineering, Architectural Technology, 3d Design, Art and Design, Game Design, 3d Animation, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Teacher of Design and Technology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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    • Larkmead School is part of the Abingdon 14-19 consortium. As we are part of a consortium, students have the opportunity to select a range of A-level subjects spread across the three Abingdon secondary schools. Each subject is taught by experienced staff with excellent results.


      In addition to academic study, Larkmead sixth form students engage in a Personal development curriculum as well as sessions based on study skills, culture and careers advice. Every student is offered individual advice and guidance about the next phase of their education whether that be university, apprenticeships or paid employment.


      During study periods, students are expected to study in either the designated sixth form area in the Learning Resource Centre or allocated study rooms. Between lessons, students can relax in the sixth-form common room which boasts a range of facilities.


      There is a well-structured enrolment and induction process for students wishing to join the sixth form, starting with a Consortium 16-19 Information Evening as well as a meeting for prospective students in November, followed by a meeting for prospective parents in March, and an induction day in the summer after the GCSE exams are finished. Once students have received their exam results in August, there are a number of enrolment clinic sessions to help students choose their courses and followed by a brief induction period before lessons commence.