GCSE 3D Design
Everything we use has to be designed, prototyped and built, be it a product, a mobile phone, a car or the room you are sat reading this website in.
Why do we teach this course?
Companies are increasingly looking for employees to have design and presentation skills and this course allows you to develop your skills, along with a portfolio of work that you can take to future employers.
The 3D Design course develops your creative and presentation skills. These vital skills will help you to present ideas and concepts and design creative outcomes for problems that you face. It has strong links with Engineering and Media Studies, develops your analytical and persuasive writing skills, as well as improving your spatial awareness which is key for maths and science.
What will you study?
You will complete projects where you are challenged to research, design and develop your own ideas based on different themes. We concentrate on Architecture and Product Design and have a hands on approach to these subjects. Drawing skills are an important part of the course and you will be supported to develop your drawings skills both hand drawing and using the computer.
You will have the opportunity to work with Computer Aided Design and manufacturing software and hardware including 3D printers, CNC milling machines and lathes and laser cutters.
- Product Designer
- Industrial Designer
- Smart Interior Designer
- Smart Interior installation
- Exhibition Designer
- Structural Engineer
There are two components in the GCSE Three-Dimensional Design qualification. 60% of your marks come from a portfolio of designs. You can choose to include work on Architectural Design, Product Design, Exhibition and Smart Interior Design. 40% of your marks will come from an externally set task which is made up of a preparatory period, followed by a 10 hour supervision period. During this time you will design and make a solution to a given problem. There is no written exam for this qualification as work is created as part of a portfolio.
You can continue your studies onto A-Level Design and Engineering courses at sixth form or College, or take up an apprenticeship.