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Design and Technology: Product Design (3D) at Keswick School

Course description

This subject goes linear in 2017. As yet the specifications have not been approved or selected for this subject. We hope to have more information available at the Information Evening on January 25th 2017.

The subject builds on the experience gained at GCSE and allows you to further your studies through various product design activities, covering a wide range of materials and processes, including modern smart materials and emerging technologies like 3D printing.

Course content

Year 12 involves developing both your design and practical making skills and knowledge through a number of small projects, alongside learning about commercial processes.

Year 13 is mostly spent on one substantial design and make project, of the student’s own choice, with exams about commercial design and manufacturing knowledge.

Entry requirements

Grade B in a DT GCSE. If you have not previously studied one of these subjects at GCSE, a top grade in art would help – but you must discuss this with Mr Mather first. You must also have good practical skills.


2 exams of 2 hours each, testing your design, materials and manufacturing knowledge as well as a coursework design and make project (worth 50% of the A level).

Future opportunities

This course is a natural progression from GCSE resistant materials and graphic products. Students progressing from art graphics have also done well at this subject, but have more materials and processes work to cover. Students tend to link it with A level art for design careers or with A level maths and physics for engineering careers.

Career opportunities include any design or engineering based course, such as design for industry, 3D product design, graphic design and furniture design, as well as mechanical, transport, architectural and aeronautical engineering.

Universities recognise design as a good qualification for many other courses as well as those which are purely design related. This is because the coursework undertaken provides students with evidence of all key skills, and shows their ability to problem solve and manage a large project. The coursework folio often forms the basis of interviews.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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