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Start date: 01/09/2018 - SGS Stroud
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 77936
Cost: N/A

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Course Detail

Level 3 Diploma/Extended in Three Dimensional Design

Full time course


From our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014 we have been rated 'Outstanding' in this area. View our latest Ofsted report here


Everything man made has been designed. We shape our environment by the objects we develop and evolve. The UK is a world leader in this sector and exports both ideas and talent across the world. This course is a grounding in creative problem-solving, design skills, prototyping and evaluation. You will learn design theory and history as well as taking part in manufacturing studies. Crucial to this course, and for broadening your experience, are group trips to various locations. There will also be an overseas visit, which will give you an invaluable opportunity to build your professional skills and may influence your own personal approach to Product Design. You will also develop skills and confidence in presenting and discussing your work, preparing you for university or work interviews.

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths, therefore learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade 4 (grade C) will be enrolled on either a GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main course.


Students will evolve a professional online identity and 'publish' work from the start, while live projects will allow students to engage in work a professional context.

Work experience

Students are directed and supported to seek opportunities relevant to their specialism to experience a working environment, whether this is a live project set by industry, creative competitions or working for a local or national company.

Additional qualifications

Employability qualifications may be offered should if applicable.

What do I need to join?

Five GCSEs grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English or maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification. As this is a creative course, we would also like to see a portfolio of creative work

at your interview.

How long is the course?

The course will last 2 years, up to 4 days a week at college. You will also need to undertake independent study.

How will I learn?

Through completion of a wide range of practical assignments, complemented by relevant theoretical research. A series of projects will guide you through the process of originating ideas, exploring techniques and realising your final pieces. You will be given technical instruction and guidance to help build your portfolio of skills. You will use a sketchbook to record all your ideas and processes. Being willing to experiment, and risk making mistakes is a crucial element of creativity and we encourage an open-minded approach to practical learning.

How will I know how I am doing?

Project work is set with structured achievable targets organised around practical assessment. You will also discuss project work through group critiques, with verbal feedback from tutors and peers. Regular tutorials and reviews will take place with your personal tutor to discuss targets and progress.

Are there any extra costs?

There may be costs for material fees, educational visits and a foreign trip. Financial support is available in certain circumstances.

What can I do next?

Most of our students go on to higher education, apprenticeships or employment. Our students can progress to the best degree courses in the country in every subject.

What are my career options?

The course could lead to careers within the creative sector within product design.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Diploma/Extended in Three Dimensional Design

Start date: 01/09/2018
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma/Extended
Code: 77936
Advanced Learner Loans
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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