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The current specification aims to develop students as independent and creative problem-
solvers, as individuals and team members. They must identify needs, wants and opportunities
and respond to them by developing a range of design ideas and making appropriate products.
The specification combines practical skills with
an understanding of aesthetics, social, moral
and environmental issues, function and
Students reflect on and
evaluate relevant present and past design and
technology, its uses and
effects, in addition to looking at specialist knowledge of properties.
In addition we will be looking at broadening students knowledge through linking core subject
knowledge such as maths and science into different applications of Design and Technology.
Students that choose to study Product Design must understand the written and academic
requirements of the subject. This is not a 100% practical marked course. The non-exam
assessment is an individual project that requires a substantial commitment to independent
In addition to generic School equipment such as writing pens a pencil sharpener and rubber,
students must also have a fine line black pen, a set square and a set of colouring pencils. Students
could also add graphics rendering pens such as Promarkers to their pencil case if desired.
Design trip in Year 10 destination TBC. Cost approximately £25 per person
Product Design enables the ability to take a wide range of Design related
courses at A level and College
Product Design, Illustration, Computer / Game Design, Architecture
Architecture, Computer Aided Design, Advertising, Website Design, Product Design,
Landscape Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Furniture Design
50% of GCSE, 30–35 hours approx
Practical application of:
• Core technical principles
• Specialist technical principles
• Designing and making principles
Tasks to be critically explored and
• Substantial design and make task
• Assessment criteria: Investigating,
Designing, Making, Analysing and
50% of GCSE, 2 hour exam
Section A – Core technical principles (20
A mixture of multiple choice and short answer
questions assessing a breadth of technical
knowledge and understanding.
Section B – Specialist technical principles
Several short answer questions (2–5 marks)
and one extended response to assess a more in
depth knowledge of technical principles.
Section C – Designing and making
principles (50 marks)
A mixture of short answer and extended
response questions including a 12 mark design