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Product Design (3D Design) A Level at Acton High School

Course description

The course begins with a visit to the design museum to introduce students to modern product design. Students are then given the challenge of designing their own products in the style of an artist, designer or design movement. Students create a portfolio evidencing their journey through the design process. This folder starts with research of their chosen artist, design or design movement and records all of the student’s initial ideas and development of a product through to the manufacturing process. Students are expected to be creative, analytical and have a flair for design. All product design students are also expected to work independently when out of lessons and attend regular after school sessions in the workshop.

Course content

AS Level

PROD1: Materials, Components and Application, 50% of AS (25% of A Level) Written examination (2 hours)

PROD2: Learning Through Designing and Making, 50% of AS (25% of A Level) Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework (approx 50 hours)

A2 Level

PROD3: Design and Manufacture, 25% of A Level Written examination (2 hours)

PROD4: Design and Making Practice, 25% of A Level Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework (approx 60 hours)

Entry requirements

If GCSE in Resistant Materials or GCSE Graphics taken in Year 11 then Grade C should have been achieved in either of those subjects.

Future opportunities

A large number of students who successfully complete their AS/A2 course in Product Design will have the opportunity to go on to study a range of Design based degree courses ranging from Product Design, Engineering, Architecture, Animation, 3D Visualisation and Media. The course offers excellent opportunities to develop cultural and artistic understanding alongside creative skills that would benefit a series of careers including photojournalist and graphic designer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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