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Product Design

Welcome to Product Design

Product Design enables pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality. Students will have the opportunity to use a range of workshop equipment from machines such as the Fret Saw and Pillar Drill to hand tools such as a file or Tenon Saw. Across Key Stage 3 pupils will be given the chance to test and work with different materials and techniques.

Product Design in Year 7

In Year 7 pupils will be introduced to a variety of metal types and through designing and making a coat hook, they will learn how to work with mild steel and sheet acrylic and use such processes and cutting, filing, drilling and finishing material.

Product Design in Year 8

In year 8 pupils will work through the design process to plan, design and make their own products. Students will work with acrylic and use a range of machinery and hand tools to produce a ‘Shoe Storage’ product which can store small items and includes a mobile phone holder.

Shoe Storage

Electronics in Year 8

In Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to try Electronics; pupils will be introduced to basic electronic systems and will design and make an electronic steady hand game. Pupils will also learn about more advanced electronics through completing an electronics based homework project

Product Design in Year 9

In year 9 pupils will be given the opportunity to work with a range of materials and equipment to help prepare them for GCSE level work. Students will work in the style of GCSE coursework and will build their capabilities to produce both practical and theory work of GCSE standard.

KS4 Product Design

Pupils have the opportunity to choose from a number of qualifications within this subject, these include:

  • AQA GCSE Product Design (Final exams to be taken June 2018)
  • Eduqas GCSE Design & Technology (First Teaching September 2017)
  • NCFE Craft Level 2

More information about each qualification can be found below. Check out our gallery showing products that pupils could make if they studied any of the above qualifications.

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AQA GCSE Product Design

This is a legacy qualification, the last exam for this course will be sat in June 2018. It will then be replaced by GCSE Design & Technology and NCFE Craft.

GCSE Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

In year 10 students will work through a mini project to build their practical skills and knowledge of the Design Process, they will then begin their major project which includes a digital portfolio consisting of research, analysis, design work and a final product.

Students will make their product in year 11 and will work through a number of theory topics that relate to their exam. Students will have the opportunity to use a range of tools and equipment including CAD/CAM where appropriate. Students are encouraged to consider packaging, labelling and instructions as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale, etc. can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

Course Overview

60% Coursework

  • Research
  • Designs
  • Making
  • Evaluation

40% Exam

  • 2 hour paper
  • Drawing task
  • Theory knowledge assessed

Course Content

Designing Skills

Pupils who study Product Design will learn to:

  • Be creative and innovative when designing
  • Design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers
  • Understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose
  • Understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society
  • Analyse and evaluate existing products, including those from professional designers
  • Develop and use design briefs and specifications for product development
  • Consider the conflicting demands that moral, cultural, economic, and social values and needs can make in the planning and in the designing of products
  • Consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products
  • Consider health and safety in all its aspects
  • Anticipate and design for product maintenance where appropriate
  • Design for manufacturing in quantity and to be aware of current commercial/industrial processes
  • Use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media),including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals
  • Investigate and select appropriate materials/ingredients and components
  • Plan and organise activities which involve the use of materials/ingredients and components when developing or manufacturing
  • Devise and apply test procedures to check the quality of their work at critical/key points during development, and to indicate ways of modifying and improving it when necessary
  • Be flexible and adaptable when designing
  • Understand the advantages of working collaboratively as a member of a design team

Making Skills

Pupils who study Product Design will learn to:

  • Select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products
  • Consider the solution to technical problems in the design and manufacture process
  • Use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others
  • Work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials/ingredients and components
  • Manufacture products applying quality control procedures
  • Have knowledge of Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) and to use as appropriate
  • Ensure, through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users and devise modifications where necessary that would improve the outcome(s)

EDUQAS GCSE Design & Technology

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors. Learners will gain a breadth of knowledge across all areas of technology and will also be given the opportunity to specialise in either Graphic Design or Product Design. 

This qualification is for the academically able.

Course Overview

50% Coursework (NEA)

  • Approximately 35 Hours (100 marks)
  • Pupils will be required to cover the following Assessment Objectives:

Investigation, Design & Make, Analyse & Evaluate

50% Exam

  • 2 hour paper (100 marks)
  • Theory knowledge assessed

Course Content

The specification enables learners to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise, in order to: 

  • Demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place within contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice
  • Develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values
  • Use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing
  • Develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas whilst designing and making
  • Communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing
  • Develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing their own project work
  • Develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes
  • Be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses
  • Consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products
  • Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology
  • Use key design and technology terminology including those related to: designing, innovation and communication; materials and technologies; making, manufacture and production; critiquing, values and ethics.

NCFE Craft Level 2

This qualification is designed for students with an interest in craft and can be delivered in a variety of contexts. Examples could include wood crafts and garment making. NCFE Craft is heavily weighted towards coursework and has one externally assessed unit which takes place in class under controlled conditions, this replaces the written exam element.

The course consists of four units of work, each unit is weighted equally, these are graded Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. These are equivalent to 9-1 grades. 

This qualification meets all of the Ofqual DfE requirements for rigour and balanced assessment and is the equivalent to one GCSE.

Course Overview  

In achieving this qualification learners are required to successfully complete all 4 units. The units consist of:

Unit Number & Title  Assessment 
Unit 01  Exploring craft and enterprise skills  Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 02 Research and develop design ideas for craft items

 Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
Unit 03 Respond to a craft brief  Externally assessed assignment
 Unit 04 Produce final craft work  Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Course Content

Objectives of this qualification are to help learners:

  • Develop analytical and research skills
  • use raw materials, tools and equipment in a safe and competent manner
  • evaluate their own work, develop ideas and learning through the craft process
  • develop and understanding of health and safety considerations in the craft environment
  • develop an overview of enterprise skills and characteristics present in successful enterprising individuals
  • develop communication skills through a range of media

Transferable skills are:

  • Planning
  • Health and safety
  • Practical skills
  • Understanding of the properties of materials
  • The ability to design quality products and identify enterprise opportunities
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Resource management

Useful Information

 To view the revision pack for 2015-16 Mock GCSEs click here.