A level 3D Product Design offers the opportunity for talented students to embark on a course that effectively combines creative and technical skills during a wide spectrum of educational study. This course will be delivered with a slant towards engineering, resistant materials and electronics. Coursework complements highly stimulating practical work disciplines with knowledge and understanding and exam preparation playing a fundamental part on a lesson by lesson basis.
There are many reason you may wish to study 3D Product Design
- Link to employment opportunities in areas such as Engineering, Architecture and Construction and Design.
- Link to higher education and apprenticeship opportunities.
- Exciting time to study the latest advances in technology
Coursework | You will complete a design portfolio which will focus on a single design and make project. You will extend your knowledge of GCSE Product Design / Resistant Materials and discover new areas of the subject.
- Different types of resistant materials
- Construction techniques
- Finishing techniques
- Using specialist machinery
- New developments in Product Design
- Composite, nano and smart materials
- Consumer Law and marketing influences
- Health and Safety
- Commercial Viability
Year 2Unit 3 – Written examination | Weighting 25% of the total A level marks. This paper is based primarily on Design and Manufacture. Consists of two sections with a choice of three questions from six.
Unit 4 – Coursework | Weighting 25% of the total A level marksA single, integrated coursework project using any material or combination of materials. You will develop further, your understanding of product design. Students may wish to utilise any of the following areas of study to extend / enhance their project as per their individual design needs:
- Apply systems and control mechanisms to create moving features
- Design, make and fit electronic circuits for sensors, lighting and sound.
- Work with ceramics and tiling.
- Welding and brazing of metal frameworks
- Low temperature casting
- Vacuum bending of materials
- Application of smart materials
Year 1 Unit 1 – Written examination primarily based on Materials, Components and Applications. Consists of 3 sections. | 50% of Year 1, 25% of Year 2 Two hour written paper | 80 marks Unit 2 – Coursework – Learning Through Designing and Making | 50% of Year 1, 25% of A-Level Coursework – approximately 50 hours | 80 marks Electronic design portfolio Manufactured outcome(s)
Year 2 Unit 3 –Written examination based primarily on Design and Manufacture. Consists of two sections with a choice of three questions from six.| 25% of A-Level Two hour written paper | 84 marks Based primarily on Design and Manufacture, consisting of two sections Unit 4 – Design and Making Practice | 25% of the total A level marks – approximately 60 hours | 85 marks | A single, integrated coursework project using any material or combination of materials. You will develop further, your understanding of product design..
In order to enhance the learning experience each pupil receives while studying 3D Product Design numerous study visits are planned. These include industry visits to employers and the Technology Show at NEC in Birmingham. A select cohort will also take part in the Rotary Technology tournament.
Mr D. Burrows
Lead Practitioner | Teacher of Technology (Resistant Materials & Product Design)
From the age of fourteen whilst sitting in a design and technology class at St.Augustines RC High school in Whalley I made a considered decision to become a mechanical engineer. This passion led me to complete an engineering apprenticeship at the age of 17 till 21 working in an engineering company in Accrington called TML Plastics whilst also attending training 2000 in Blackburn. Every Friday I was given the day off work to attend Manchester University to complete a BSC (hons) in Engineering (I was awarded grade 2:1). Following completion of my engineering apprenticeship I became a project engineer manufacturing an array of automotive components for companies such as Ford, Nissan and Landrover. In 2005 following 10 years in engineering I suddenly had a change of mind over my chosen career path. Whilst still highly passionate to continue in the field of engineering I also wanted to embark on a career in education took a year off work to complete a PGCE to facilitate me teaching the subject Design and Technology at high school and post 16. I have enjoyed a 12 year teaching career across three different schools teaching subjects such as Resistant Materials, Electronics, Engineering and Food Technology. I am a massive Star Wars fan and have filled my home with figurines, artwork and sculptures related to this theme. I also am an amateur magician and die hard Liverpool FC fan. I have one daughter who attends 6th Form at Accrington Academy; our favourite thing to do together is Saturday dinner time trips to Nandos Restaurant in Preston.
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