Product Design (3D Design)
Fashion and Textiles
Tech Level (3) Foundation Engineering

D&T: Product Design (3D Design)


What do I need to study the course?


Preferably achieved a B grade or above in any Design & Technology GCSE. Alternatively, good grades in your GCSEs and a willingness to work hard to learn new concepts and develop practical skills.


What does the course involve?

In terms 1 and 2 of Year 12:

  • Students develop their designing and making skills through an assignment to make a prototype MP3 Amplifier with Lights - combining electronics, resistant materials and graphics.
  • They use this project to compile a portfolio for the design and manufacture assignment - following the AQA assessment criteria.
  • Further Practical Activities cover a wide range of materials and processes available in school along with many topics highlighted in the specification for Unit1.
  • Students carry out Product Analysis exercises to further extend their understanding of how and why products are designed to take into account material properties, function, aesthetics, manufacturing processes, new technology, environmental and social issues.
  • Students regularly use the AQA textbook to study the other topics in preparation for sitting the Unit 1 exam in May/June.


In term 3 of Year12 and all Year 13:

  • Students work on Unit 4 which is a Major Design and Manufacture Project of their own choice.
  • Students also study more about industrial practices and develop their skills at writing essay answers in preparation for the Unit 3 exam in May/June of Year 13.


AS Level in Year 12 includes two units:

  • Unit 1: Materials, Components and Application - exam.
  • Unit 2: Learning Through Designing and Making – coursework.

A2 Level in Year 13 also has two units:

  • Unit 3: Design and Manufacture - exam.
  • Unit 4: Design and Making Practice - coursework.


What next?

Previous students have gone to university to study degrees to become Architects, Industrial Product Designers, Electronics Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Packaging Designers, Fashion Designers, Console Games designers, Furniture designers/manufacturers, Theatre set designers/makers, etc.


Examination Board: AQA

Fashion and Textiles


What do I need to study the course?

This creative and thought-provoking qualification gives students the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and confidence to succeed in a number of careers, especially those in the creative industries.

They will investigate historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic influences on design and technology, whilst enjoying opportunities to put their learning in to practice by producing products of their choice.


What does the course involve?

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.


Year 12 /13

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course.


What's assessed?

Paper 1

  • Core technical principles and core designing and making principles
  • Additional specialist knowledge.
  • It's assessed through
    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 80 marks
    • 50% of AS
    • Questions – Multiple choice, short answers and extended response.


Non-exam assessment (NEA)

  • Practical application of technical principles, designing & making principles and specialist knowledge.
  • It's assessed through
    • Single design and make project. Context set by AQA.
    • 35 hours
    • 80 marks
    • 50% of AS
  • Evidence
    • Written or digital design portfolio and photographic evidence of final prototype. Recommended 35 pages.


What next?

Fashion & Textiles can provide opportunities to go onto study a variety of textiles specialisms at degree level in university and go into the design industry, fashion, manufacturing, etc.


Examination Board: AQA

Tech Level (3) Foundation Engineering


These pioneering new qualifications offer a great alternative to the current vocational qualifications and enable learners aged 16+ to progress into employment, an apprenticeship or further study at university.

We developed them with leading employers, colleges and professional bodies, who fully endorse their credibility. This is what makes our Tech-levels in Engineering unique.


Working with employers on their design means they teach learners the transferable skills that employers and higher education providers say are critical to successful progression.


Learners gain the core technical knowledge required to work in today’s engineering industry and cover topics such as:

  • the scientific principles used to identify the most suitable materials in a given engineering context
  • mechanical engineering systems and components
  • the process of engineering design.


Transferable skills are valued by employers and higher education alike. The following transferable skills have been contextualised into the content of this qualification:

  • communication (oral and written)
  • teamwork
  • problem-solving.


The Foundation Tech-level in Engineering requires 360 guided learning hours (GLH). This is the equivalent of one A-level. The Tech-levels in Design, Mechatronic and Power Network Engineering require 720 guided learning hours (GLH). This is the equivalent of two A-levels.


Links & Resources

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