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Product Design

Product Design gives students the chance to put to practical use what is learnt in almost every subject taught in the school and to use
this knowledge in a creative, risk-taking and determined fashion to design, develop and make a wide range of products using graphics, textiles or resistant materials as media.

In Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to experience a variety of project-based lessons in order to help them select a suitable GCSE topic. In Key Stage 4 students apply their knowledge to design develop and make a product of their own choice. The department achieved highly at GCSE last year, with 100% A*/C , so students are assured of the help, encouragement and support they need at all times.

In the 6th Form, students are given a free reign in their choice of product, and may choose either a traditional product design challenge or a more graphically based project.

Extracurricular activity includes the option to be involved in a business problem-solving project with BAE Systems and a high level of support with extra workshop sessions as students require.

In today’s world everything is manufactured. To manufacture there must first be a designer and a skilled team. Through Product Design you are the designer, skilled team and the manufacturer! For me, Product Design, has been the most beneficial and rewarding subject
Katie

Course Offerings

Course Title Qualifications Obtainable Awarding Body
Key Stage 4 Courses
Graphic Products GCSE Pearson Edexcel
Key Stage 5 Courses
Product Design 3D A Level AQA
Year 7
Curriculum Content: In Year 7 students study Product Design lessons in 13 week rotations, experiencing the key areas of Graphic Products, Textiles and Food Technology.

In Year 7 Graphic Products, students work with woods, metals and plastics in the design and construction of a working puppet.

In Year 7 Textiles, students research, design and make a functional pencil case, using the theme of animal print.

In Year 7 Food Technology, students initially learn health and safety, and good working practice in the kitchen. Students skills develop throughout the year, starting with a simple fruit salad, progressing onto stir fry’s and cakes.

Year 8
Curriculum Content: In Year 8 students study Product Design lessons in 13 week rotations, experiencing the key areas of Graphic Products, Textiles and Food Technology.

In Year 8 Graphic Products, students work with woods, metals and plastics in the design and construction of jewellery including a cast metal necklace pendent and either a laminated wooden or plastic bracelet.

In Year 8 Textiles, students research, design and make large scale fabric food.

In Year 8 Food Technology, students build on the skills developed in Year 7 and progress onto more complex dishes, including vegetable lasagne.

Year 8 students, now have the option of progressing their Product Design passions further, by taking the option of Graphic Products at GCSE.

Year 9
Curriculum Content: In Year 9 students can continue their passion for Product Design, by studying GCSE Graphic Products.

In Year 9 students studying Graphics Products, will develop a broad range of valuable and transferable skills such as:

  • Product analysis
  • Creative design ability
  • Marketing knowledge
  • Self-critical analysis techniques
  • Problem solving techniques
  • Innovation
  • Spatial awareness
  • Teamwork
More Information: Edexcel Website
Year 10
Curriculum Content: In Year 10 students studying Graphics Products, will carry out and complete their controlled assessment coursework.

This consists of a major ‘Design and Build’ project of no more than 45 hours, which totals 60% of the overall marks available. This programme of study for Graphic Products focuses on the key skills required for the successful development and trialling of a prototype product from an original design for a chosen ‘client’ company.

More Information: Edexcel Website
Year 11
Curriculum Content: In Year 11 students studying Graphics Products, will revise the theory topics covered in Year 9 and prepare for their final written summer examination of 1 hour 30 minutes, comprising of questions, encompassing design, materials, product, manufacturing and processing knowledge, totalling 40% of overall available marks. This consists of a major ‘Design and Build’ project of no more than 45 hours, which totals 60% of the overall marks available. This programme of study for Graphic Products focuses on the key skills required for the successful development and trialling of a prototype product from an original design for a chosen ‘client’ company.
More Information: Edexcel Website
Year 12
Curriculum Content: In Year 12 students studying AS Product Design, complete two units to make up an overall grade.

PROD1 UNIT 1

This unit provides details of the subject theory content to be covered by candidates at AS level. It is divided into the Theory and Knowledge of:

  • Section A: Materials and Components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture

Students complete a 2 hour summer examination, which makes up 50% of the overall grade.

PROD2 UNIT 2

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the AS subject theory content is applied to the design and making of the candidates’ own projects.

Students complete an individual practical coursework piece (consisting of approximately 50 hours work), which makes up 50% of the overall grade.

More Information: AQA Website
Year 13
Curriculum Content: In Year 13 students studying A2 Product Design, complete two units to make up an overall grade.

PROD1 UNIT 3

This unit provides details of the subject theory content to be covered by candidates at A2 level. It is divided into the Theory and Knowledge of:

  • Section A: Materials and Components
  • Section B: Design and Market Influences
  • Section C: Processes and Manufacture

Students complete a 2 hour summer examination, which makes up 50% of the overall grade.

PROD2 UNIT 4

This is a design-and-make unit where knowledge of the A2 subject theory content is applied to the design and making of the candidates’ own projects.

Students complete an individual practical coursework piece (consisting of approximately 60 hours work), which makes up 50% of the overall grade.

More Information: AQA Website