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Design Technology: Product Design (3D) A Level at St Helens College

Course description

An A level in Design Technology: Product Design (3D) allows you to get creative, explore the key relationships between design, manufacturing, materials and marketing, and work your way through the stages of production, from idea to prototype and beyond.

You'll also consider environmental and sustainability issues, safety considerations and inclusive design as well as materials, components, design and market influences.

Course content

This A level covers the three following units:

  • Materials and components
  • Design and market influences
  • Processes and manufacture

You will look at the use of materials and components from a variety of angles including appropriate use, sustainability, cost and environmental factors.

In addition to this, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the broader design issues such as environmental sustainability, inclusive design and consumer safety.

Students will also learn the methods by which materials and components can be manipulated to manufacture products, and through their workshop experience understand the health and safety considerations.

Entry requirements

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and grade B in maths.


You will be assessed by a written examination, design portfolio and manufactured outcome at both the end of the first year and at the end of the second year.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

This A level combines the practical aspects of engineering along with the skills and mind-set of a designer, meaning that the range of options available to you are wide and varied.

You may choose to study at degree level or earn whilst you learn with a higher apprenticeship.

This could lead to a career in advertising, architecture computer animation, engineering, interior design, fashion design or graphic design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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