Product Design (3D)

Product Design (3D)

Product Design (3D Design) AQA

Why study this course?

Product Design at Malbank Sixth Form is a well-established course with a track record of fantastic results and achievements. Last year 33% of students achieved an A* grade at A2 level. Teaching staff have commercial design experience and are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching design. Product Design is a creative and technical subject that has many cross curricular links which allows students to play a pathway through projects to their interests and future career goals.How is the course structured?


  • Unit 1: Materials, Components 
and Application-2 Hour Written Paper - 25%
  • Unit 2: Learning Through Designing 
and Making-50 Hour Coursework Project - 25%


  • Unit 3: Design and Manufacture-2Hour Written Paper - 25%
  • Unit 4: Designing and Making Practice-60 Hour Coursework Project - 25%

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have had some previous experience at GCSE level, in Product Design, Resistant Materials, Textiles, Graphics or Electronics with a at least a C grade. It is not an essential requirement however students would be expected to have a keen interest in Drawing, Designing, Model Making or Designers/Design History.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

If you are a creative and artistic student you might want to choose Product Design (3D Design) to support Art & Design, Performing Arts or Media A levels. Some students study Product Design with Business Studies and ICT, however a large number of students study Physics, Chemistry and Maths which will lead onto engineering courses.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Last year 80% of Product Design students left college to continue in education to study Art & Design Foundation courses or BA and BSc Degrees at University. Some courses include: Product Design, Architecture, Sustainable Technologies, Engineering, Fashion, Interior Design, Industrial Design, ICT, Animation, Advertising, Media and Marketing. Other students have gone on to Young Apprenticeship schemes and employment.

What specific skills will I learn?

  • Drawing, designing, how to communicate your ideas onto paper
  • Computer Aided Design, 3D ICT Drawings and Development
  • Problem solving and working to briefs
  • Market research and data analysis
  • How to use machinery and Computer Aided Manufacture techniques such as the laser cutter
  • Learn design packages: 2D Design, CorelDraw, Photoshop, Google sketch up.
  • Understand the work of designers and gain knowledge of product evolution and design history

What Extra
Opportunities are available?

At the end of the year all students have the opportunity to display and present their work in a community design showcase and the opportunity to develop their portfolios. Staff work closely with local FE colleges and University's and regularly have lecturers, past students, designers in college to run workshops throughout the year with AS students. There is an annual trip to Manchester to visit students degree shows for inspiration with future projects. ICT Facilities and workshops in the Design department are always available for students to use in free periods along with additional revision classes during study periods.

 "Studying Product Design at Malbank has set me up perfectly for my course at University, I knew from studying Design here it was something I wanted to do as a career"

Kirstie Maxfield at the Design Showcase 2010 Celebrating her A* Grade at A2 Product Design. Kirstie is now at Loughbourgh University studying BSc Industrial Design


"I really enjoyed studying at Malbank, the teaching was inspiring and really prepares you for University, and there are great opportunities for future designing"

Simon Wilson ex Brine Leas student currently studying BA Product Design at Coventry University 

 Architectural Chair designed and produced by George Bell 2011
 Childs adjustable chair/storage unit by Sophos Whetnall 2011