3D Design A Level

About the Course

This dynamic, creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the 3D practical skills, creative innovative-thinking ability and confidence to succeed in a number of careers. Especially those in the creative industries. As a student, you will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences in three-dimensional design; whilst enjoying opportunities to put this learning in to practice by producing products of your choice. Students will gain a real understanding of what it means to be a designer, alongside the knowledge and skills sought by Higher Education and employers.

Exam Board

AQA The course consists of 60% coursework (component 1) and 40% practical exam (component 2-externally set assignment). All work completed for this course is internally assessed and externally moderated


Please refer to our Sixth Form prospectus for entry requirements.

Course Content

All work is internally assessed and externally moderated. In Year 12 students will complete their portfolio of work which will cover a broad range of advanced 3D production techniques and drawing / modelling media. Alongside this, pupils will carry out independent research into the work of artists and industrial designers to support and inspire their drawn and practical elements. Students will then begin to develop their own work with guidance from teachers to ensure they achieve the necessary criteria. In Year 13 students undertake a three-dimensional / product design-themed personal investigation. Initially a project title will be selected through discussion with their teachers which will then be investigated and developed by the student.

Beyond the Classroom

The Design & Technology Product Design A level will help you to develop a number of skills: How to assemble data and assess it; How to investigate facts and use deduction; How to put over your point of view fluently; How to work as a team to achieve results; How to take responsibility for your own learning; and How to time plan effectively to meet deadlines.

Your Future

Product Design could take you into a number of exciting, in-demand career paths. Of course there is product design or automotive design, but what about virtual design? Or maybe CAD industry or jewellery design appeals to you more? This course could take you into architecture, furniture design, toy design, interior design, teaching, manufacturing, advertising or engineering just to name a few career paths from an ever growing list of possibilities.  Where will 3D product design take you?