Product design (3D design) helps you take a broad view of design and technology, develop the capacity to appreciate engineering design, production of products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing. You will gain a good understanding of design theory, movements and develop an insight of prominent designers. You will also develop an appreciation of the design process from concept ideas, research and development through model making, freehand and CAD drawings to the realisation and making of the final product. We will learn how design prototypes can be manufactured into the products we use in our everyday lives. This will include the study of materials and their properties, production processes and modern manufacturing systems. There is a significant practical element of the course where you will be working in the design workshop.
Design Technology A Level topics include:
You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range including English.
You will be assessed through written examinations, practical projects and coursework. With regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of two/three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
An A Level in design technology is an excellent route to university-level engineering qualifications. You could study an HND, degree or advanced engineering or design & technology related Apprenticeship, or find employment. Alternatively, it can also lead to a degree and career in product design.
All students are expected to purchase safety shoes, overalls, safety glasses and sketchbook, which will be used throughout both years. These can be purchased via the College online store when you enrol.
I believe design technology has given me the skills and knowledge I’ll need at university when I study product design.
I have a vast range of knowledge about design theory, workshop tools and materials, plus I’ve really developed my ‘making’ skills in the workshop.
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