Product Design (3D Design) AS/A Level · AQA
If you enjoy designing and making things, an AS or A Level in Product Design (3D Design) could provide you with a stimulating and enjoyable experience. At AS you will gain and develop skills and knowledge in a range of materials as well as developing an understanding of the broader issues for the designer, including the environmental sustainability of
products and their manufacture.
A Level study offers you the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and practical skills from AS, alongside an understanding of the processes of commercial production and manufacture.
- Unit 1 – ‘Materials, components and application’ – you’ll look at materials, production processes and the impact of cost and design. Written Exam, 2 hours (50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A Level marks).
- Unit 2 – ‘Learning through designing and making’ – you’ll design and make 3 products for your coursework in a range of materials and media. Coursework, Portfolio unit (50% of total AS marks, 25% of total A Level marks).
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- Unit 3 – ‘Design and manufacture’ – this unit helps you to appreciate the relationship between design and technology or form and function. Written Exam, 2 hours (25% of total A Level marks)
- Unit 4 – ‘Design and making in practice’ is the practical and ‘coursework’ part. You’ll design and make a product and record the processes that you went through. Coursework, Portfolio unit (25% of total A Level marks).