Product Design (3D Design) A Level


This course involves exploring design problems, generating, developing and communicating design proposals, planning the manufacture of high quality three dimensional products and testing them to evaluate their success.  All students will complete a design portfolio as part of their coursework which can be useful when applying to design courses in higher education or when attending interviews.

Take a look at some students' work in the Design & Technology Photo Gallery and also some A Level students' Final Model Projects in the Video Gallery.

What goes well with this course?

The Product Designer is always looking at the needs of a client, has a target market in mind when designing and needs to market the product after it is manufactured, so Business is a useful subject choice. Knowledge of CAD, CAM & CNC is an essential element for the modern designer and is studied on this course, so Computer Science & Computing are also relevant choices.  Engineering would also be a complementary subject.

If you want to study Architecture then you will probably also need Mathematics and Physics. If you want to study Engineering, then you will need Mathematics and a Science, such as Physics or Chemistry.

Product Design


Design plays an increasingly important role in the world. The skills that students learn on this course and the qualification at the end will support their application for an enormous range of careers and university courses.
Product Design (3D design) could lead to a number of exciting careers including: Product Design, Design Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Engineering and Teaching.
Students have gone on to do the following courses at universities and colleges:
  • Bristol: Architecture
  • Kent: Architecture
  • Central Saint Martins: Art Foundation
  • Bournemouth: Product Design
  • Plymouth: 3D Design
  • Nottingham Trent: Product Design
  • Leeds Metropolitan: Interior Architecture & Design
  • London South Bank: Product Design
  • Portsmouth: Product Design & Innovation

Course Content

This course provides students with the opportunity to experiment and build their confidence throughout the design process, exploring the concepts of design theory with practical making.

Students will develop critical, practical and theoretical skills and gain an understanding of a broad range of practices and contexts within three dimensional design.

Areas of study may include:

  • Product design
  • Architectural design
  • Exhibition design
  • Performance design
  • Interior design
  • Environmental design
  • Jewellery/body ornament
  • Sculpture
  • Small scale furniture design


In preparation for the first year of this course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.


Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Product Design students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included visits to:
  • Design Museum - with a collection made up of over 3000 objects that range from the early Modernism of the 1900s to the cutting edge of contemporary design. The Collection describes the history of design in mass production and includes furniture, lighting, domestic appliances and communications technology and is an important record of the key designs which have shaped the modern world.
  • New Designers Exhibition – This is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition. This visit will not only inspire students in preparation for their second year project, but also help them to choose a HE course in the field of Design after leaving Reigate College.
In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


This course has two assessments:
  • Major project portfolio
  • Practical Exam - externally set 15 hour design practical

Design work will be assessed under the following areas:

  • Contextual understanding: developing ideas through focused contextual investigations, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
  • Creative making: exploring and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.  Reviewing and refining ideas as work develops.
  • Reflective recording: recording ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
  • Personal presentation: presenting a personal and meaningful response that achieves objectives.

The exam board for this course is Eduqas.


Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 5 in one of the Design Technology or Art & Design subjects 
  • And Grade 4 in Mathematics

Students must be creative, self-motivated, enthusiastic about design, possess good drawing skills and demonstrate an interest in materials and manufacturing.

Students with no previous experience but with a strong interest and aptitude in this area may be accepted on this course at the Teacher's discretion, subject to demonstrating a passion for Design and presenting a suitable design portfolio.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the Product Design (3D Design) A Level information leaflet.

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