Product Design


Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 students learn about the whole design and make process, from being given an initial brief to having to evaluate their final product. The final outcome is a pewter cast key ring, which is firstly made in a wooden mould. The design is purely abstract and the decoration is produced using thermosetting resin. A number of processes are learnt including the use of a pillar drill and a brazing hearth.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 design and manufacture their own contemporary storage tray. They explore different types of wood joints; produce their own handle design taking into account ergonomics and anthropometrics and how different materials work together by incorporating a plastic base.

Year 9

In Year 9 students design and manufacture clocks in the style of the Memphis Design Movement. This movement was from the 1980’s and the outcomes were against original design, bold, confusing and incorporated different patterns. During this module students are given the chance to produce some of their work using laser cutting and engraving technology.


GCSE Product Design

This specification has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged 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.

This is a unitised specification.

Written Paper

2 hours 120 marks 40% of the total marks One paper with two sections:

Section A

A design question based on context supplied before the exam 30 marks.

Section B

Covers all aspects of the specification content 90 marks All questions are compulsory. Controlled Assessment 90 marks 60% of the total marks A single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence.

The design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper.

It is expected that students should spend approximately 45 hours on this activity. As part of the evidence submitted, students should include photographs of the finished products as well as photographs at various stages of the process.