Design & Technology: Product Design


Using a variety of media, the problem solving nature of the course will encourage independent learning, personal responsibility, creativity and innovation, both graphically and practically. The course provides candidates with the skills and tools, which can enhance their awareness for a responsible attitude to social, environmental, moral and ethical issues relating to Product Design.

The course aims to develop creativity, design and technological capability through the production of high quality outcomes, a critical understanding of the influences of current products and historical ones, the use of ICT and Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing to enhance design and make capability and an awareness of consumer issues relating to this subject.



Paper 1 (30% weighting):  Core technical principles.

(2.5 hour written exam)

Students will develop their understanding and knowledge of materials and components, their properties and their applications regarding the life cycle of products, including manufacture, use and disposal. (This will be done through product analysis encompassing environmental sustainability, inclusive design and consumer safety.)


Paper 2 (20% weighting): Designing and making principles.

(1.5 hour written exam)

This involves looking at the work of designers and at manufacturing systems, technological developments and marketing and an understanding of the technical, economic, aesthetic, social, environmental, moral and ethical that surround the design process.


Non exam assessment (50% weighting):  Practical Element 

Design and make unit (45 hours) where knowledge is applied to a brief. Students will produce a portfolio of research, design development and modelling, evaluation and a single practical outcome based upon the needs of a specific client.



An Advanced Level in Product Design would be good grounding in 3D design and materials/processes technology for anyone considering a for a degree in subjects such as 3D Design, Product Design, Automotive Design, Industrial Design, Architecture and Engineering. Alternatively you could choose to study for a Foundation Art course or It would also support students considering entry into employment in these and related areas.



Students who study Design and Technology must have achieved five GCSE grades from 9 – 4 and preferably at least a grade 5 in Design and Technology.