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Design and technology: product design (3D design) A Level at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Course description

Design and technology offers you the opportunity to gain personal satisfaction and a positive experience in design and manufacture. You will work with and study a variety of resistant and compliant materials and gain an understanding of the working characteristics, physical properties, cost and availability which influence the choice of materials in design situations. You will study product design and designer influences and undertake projects that allow you to explore materials to design and manufacture quality products.

This specification is designed to encourage students to:

  • develop a broad view of design and technology
  • develop their capacity to design and make products
  • appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

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. This specification also considers the broader issues for the designer including the environmental sustainability of products and consumer safety:

  • Unit 1: (PROD1) Materials, components and application
  • Unit 2: (PROD2) Learning through designing and making.

At A2, the specification offers students the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS. Students will continue to develop a body of coursework alongside an understanding of the processes and procedures of commercial production and manufacture:

  • Unit 3: (PROD3) Design and manufacture
  • Unit 4: (PROD4) Design and making practice.

Entry requirements

NBP16C level 3 entry requirement, grade C in a design technology subject or grade B in art.


Much of the course is taught through the coursework components, giving opportunity for individual development of practical skills and materials technologies.

Future opportunities

You can take higher education courses in technology specialisms such as engineering, architecture, 3D design, furniture design, theatre prop design, graphic design and industrial design. Or you can use your qualification alongside others to access higher education courses in non-technology subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Brightstowe directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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