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Product Design allows students to specialise in their preferred element of

Technology which will allow many to work to their strengths and access the skills

required for a range of careers. The new AQA GCSE D&T specification states that

we will be looking at broadening students knowledge through linking core subject

knowledge 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 learning.


A letter will be provided at the start of Year 10 to enable you to chosen which

items you may like to purchase from the School. You alternatively may choose to

buy them elsewhere.


Design trip in Year 10 destination TBC. Cost approximately £25 per person


Further Education:

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


Exam Assessment

Non-Exam Assessment

50% of GCSE, 2 hour exam

Section A – Core technical

principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short

answer questions assessing a breadth

of technical knowledge and


Section B – Specialist technical

principles (30 marks)

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 question

50% of GCSE, 30–35 hours


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


Product Design