3D Product Design GCSE

About the Course

GCSE 3D Product Design will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technology driven world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on design including historical, social, cultural and environmental factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making, and apply technical and practical expertise.

Exam Board


Controlled Assessment
  • 60% Coursework
  • 40% Examination

Component 1- Portfolio of Work 60%

Component 2- Externally set assignment 40%

Course Content

During this GCSE, you will study core technical, designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. Students must develop and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills to realise personal intentions relevant to three-dimensional design. The course allows development of real solutions to everyday problems. with pupils able to experiment with materials and processes to make industry standard prototypes. You will be expected to create a design portfolio showing your research, design sketches of ideas and use modelling to help develop your idea. The ADT department is well equipped to allow you to manufacture to a high standard, including computer-aided design and 3D printing.

Beyond the Classroom

Pupils who are successful at GCSE could continue to study at A level. Pupils who have an A level in 3D Product Design can then study a wide range of degree courses or complete apprenticeships. Our pupils who have studied 3D Product Design have found a wide variety of jobs in areas such as architecture, product design, graphic design, marketing, packaging and interior design. The careers this subject could lead you to is :
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Construction Roles
  • Colour Technologist
  • Clothing/Textile Technologist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Exhibition Display Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Industrial/Project Designer
  • Interior/Spatial Designer
  • Joiner
  • Materials Engineer
  • Product Designer
  • Product Manager
  • Rail and Rolling Back
  • Set Carpenter
  • Builders
  • Set Designer

Your Future

From a Student Perspective  I like to be creative and the subject allows me to interpret the design briefs and then design my own solution to the problem.  The lessons are structured around learning skills, processes and about how things are designed and made in the real world.  All the teachers are supportive with extra time available for one-to-one. Lessons have a mixture of group work and independent work which make them enjoyable.   - Year 11  student