Castle Manor Academy

GCSE 3D Design

Subject Overview

GCSE 3D Design is a broad ranging subject that explores a variety of processes and disciplines all with three dimensional outcomes. Students will explore architecture, product design, body adornment and jewellery together with more traditional sculpture forms.  

Course Information

During this GCSE, students work with Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs, which will build the basis of their work and area of exploration. They will then take these CAD images and re-create them into real 3D products or models of their chosen design using the technology suite in school.  

To help produce our students’ work we have an excellent 3D printer to transform our students’ designs into a real 3D form together with an industrial laser cutter. Students will also have the ability to work with wood, plastic, acetate, fabric and cardboard. 


Our GCSE in 3D Design at Castle Manor Academy is delivered by the AQA awarding body. The course is assessed 60% on a coursework element and 40% on the exam, the exam is a practical project based on set questions with plenty of time given to explore personal responses. 


GCSE 3D Design provides an ideal springboard for students who intend to study either A Level or vocational based design courses in architecture, product design or other craft-based subjects. 3D Design also provides a great starting point for apprenticeship routes, particularly those based on construction and manufacturing.