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WELCOME TO Product Design

Key Stage 3

Year 7 currently design and make a picture frame inspired by biomimicry alongside a design folder.

Year 8 Current design and make a clock inspired by the Memphis Design movement alongside a design folder.

Year 9 Current design and make a vacuum formed night light inspired by the industrial design alongside a design folder.

Y11 Product Design

Product Design involves the complete designing and development of a new and innovative product from the initial idea, through to the manufacturing, packing, and marketing of the product on the shop floor.

Product Design covers designing a vast range of products from buildings to transport, Kitchen goods to MP3 players, Storage units , board Games and packaging, modelling kits, toys to disabled support aids… any object that has a customer wanting to use it.

Key Stage 4

AQA (8552) Specification consists of:

Unit 1: Written Paper  50% of total marks 2 hours 100 Marks

Subject content

1. Core technical principles

2. Specialist technical principles

3. Designing and making principles


  • Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)

A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

  • Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)

Several short 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)

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice 50% of total marks approximately 30–35 hours approx.


Substantial design and make task

Assessment criteria:

  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities
  • Producing a design brief and specification
  • Generating design ideas
  • Developing design ideas
  • Realising design ideas
  • Analysing & evaluating

In the spirit of the iterative design process, the above should be awarded holistically where they take place and not in a linear manner Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the unit 2 Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence Work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA

Key Stage 5

Currently under review for 2018

These courses are assessed through the completion of a design and practical based project, where students design and make their own product through the design process to making a prototype to creating a product, and an end of unit exam.


Students have access to 2 well-equipped workshops giving them access to a range of hand tools and machines such as pillar drills, lathes, and brazing hearths. We also have a A2 Laser Cutter / CNC Router and CAD CAM facilities along with sublimation printing and vacuum forming.


Product Design offers a vast range of trips and extra-curricular activities. In Product design students gain the opportunity to visit the Design Museum and Southampton Solent University, alongside of having a range of guest speakers and experts from the design trade present exciting talks and workshops on their subjects.

Students have a range of competitions and clubs to take part in, From KS3 Design and Technology Club, to competition.


Miss K Harrison (Subject leader Product design)