Product Design

Unit 1 – 40% of GCSE

  • External Set exam in JUNE
  • 2 hour paper
  • Section one is a Design Question with a preparation sheet sent prior to the exam.
  • Other sections are Knowledge question of Materials, properties, Tools and manufacturing processes

Unit 2 – 60% of GCSE

  • Design portfolio and making task
  • Respond to a chosen brief form the exam board
  • Create a portfolio which will consist of research, designs and development, Testing of material options, Modeling ideas, Making journal of final outcome, Evaluation.
  • You will also make a final outcome in response to your research.

Course Content

The GCSE in Design and Technology Product Design has been designed to provide a broad educational basis for further training, for further education or for moving into employment within the design and engineering sector. This is achieved by ensuring that students develop the general skills, knowledge and understanding needed within the sector.

GCSE Product Design covers a wide range of activities based on designing and making products that are manufactured using materials such as wood, metal and plastics in many forms. As well as learning hand skills, you will use a range of industrials processes to shape and form materials into functioning products. Over the course of three years you will develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to Product Design and invaluable transferable skills such as problem-solving and time management.

Exams and Assessment

• Unit 1 – 40% of GCSE • External Set exam in JUNE
• Unit 2 – 60% of GCSE • Design portfolio and making task

Why choose Product Design?

Product Design involves a broad approach to the designing and making of innovative / new products. This subject is aimed at those interested in the way business and industry identifies potential products and successfully designs and manufactures them. It is not for those who intend to design and manufacture an item that already exists. However, you can take an existing product and improve it or develop an entirely new product. Designers and manufacturers try to find out what the public want from old products – how they can be improved. Designers also want to know what the public wants from new designs.