The final grade achieved at the end of the GCSE Product Design course is made up from 60% coursework and 40% of a final exam. There is one exam which takes place at the end of Year 10, the exam lasts approximately two hours and all students sit the same paper.

Controlled Assessment

The Controlled Assessment consists of an A3 Portfolio which consists of 5 sections. These are:

• Primary and Secondary Research sources with a detailed specification.

• Initial Ideas and development hand drawings, technical and Computer Aided design.

• Making the product evidenced through photographs.

• Testing and evaluating the product over time.

• The overall graphical communication and written presentation.

The coursework is worth 90 marks and is an overall 60% of the course. The practical element is worth 30% of the controlled assessment marks (90 marks).

Students pick from one of the set design briefs set by the exam board.

Lessons are divided into practical and theoretical sessions.

Practical lessons include working with or studying the following areas:

  • Product design.
  • Woods practical/theory.
  • Metals practical/theory.
  • Plastics practical/theory.
  • Smart materials.
  • Jigs and templates.
  • Industrial processes and machinery.
  • CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture and Computer Aided Design).
  • Health and safety
    *Joining and shaping materials
    *Ergonomics and Anthropometrics
    *Production methods
    *Packaging
    *Printing Methods

Post 16 Pathways

  • Level 2 and 3 Construction
  • Level 2 and 3 Engineering
  • A level Product Design or Design Technology

Following Post 16 study, students are able to study the following subjects at University if they wish to continue with Design and Technology:

  • BA or BSC in Product design
  • BSC in Engineering (Mechanical)
  • BSC in Manufacturing
  • BA in transport design
  • BA in Architecture
  • PGCE secondary Design and Technology (Resistant Materials Technology)