Contact person: Mr L Bradder (Lead Practitioner in Design and Technology) 

                         Mr J Coxon (Teacher of Design and Technology) 


Design and Technology Product Design

In Design and Technology Product Design, students are encouraged, and supported to develop their designing and making skills through a range of rigorous and challenging projects that involving a combination of different materials such as plastics, timbers, metals, electronics and smart materials. They learn to apply their knowledge and understanding both independently and as part of a team to explore the characteristics and properties of materials, machines and equipment. Creative thinking and problem solving is encouraged, as is the use of ICT, including CAD/CAM and New Technologies. Sustainability issues and industrial links are key features of this subject. We strive to provide learning experiences that have a real contextual focus and are based around the needs of clients. We promote the links between STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) both through the daily curriculum. The iterative design process is highlighted across the subject to promote a coherent understanding of the concepts and principles involved in D&T, allowing opportunities for challenge and flexibility according to individual interests.


Design and Technology: Product Design KS3 overview

During Y7, students will be involved in D&T capability tasks across each area building upon existing knowledge and developing their confidence in the use of tools, equipment, processes and materials. Students will be encouraged to work more independently, through research, planning and organising materials. The project focus within Year 7 is around the development of Graphics skills and designing and sketching techniques to solve solutions. Students take into account cultural issues when designing and manufacturing their wood constructed ‘Cubee Character’ project, which also incorporates joining techniques. 

The Y8 course continues to build on and extend students foundation skills started in Y7, enabling students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and properties of materials and components towards making informed decisions for realising their own ideas. The project focus within Year 8 is towards designing for Target Markets. Students take into account both social and cultural issues when designing and manufacturing their Torch project, which also incorporates electronics, thermoforming methods and ergonomic consideration.  

In Y9, students undertake more open-ended Design & Make challenge which leads to students presenting their concept of a solution in a ‘Dragon Den’ situation. This aspect of the project also helps to build and develop student’s self- confidence in preparation for future interview experiences. Throughout this project students will also consider issues relating to the social, cultural moral and technological aspects of the brief. ICT & CAD/CAM equipment such as the laser cutter and 2d Design software will be utilised throughout.

The D&T course at Key Stage 3 provides a firm foundation to support the subject at GCSE level.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Design and Technology: Product Design KS4 overview

GCSE Design and Technology prepares students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

GCSE Design and Technology allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. 

GCSE Design and Technology equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to undertake the iterative design process of exploring, creating and evaluating. The majority of the course is delivered through the practical application of this knowledge and understanding. 

Year 10

Year 11

AQA design and Technology: Product Design (4555)

GCSE specifications in design and technology enable candidates to: 

• actively engage in the processes of design and technology to develop as effective and independent learners 

• make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products 

• explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making 

• analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life

 • develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working 

• understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle

 • develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.


Specification Overview:









Unit 1: Written Paper (40% of total marks)

Candidates should have a knowledge and understanding of the processes and techniques which aid manufacture and of the commercial and industrial applications of a range of materials involved in manufacturing their products in quantity. It is expected that designing and making will address complete product issues and therefore deal with materials which would aid manufacture, such as moulds, cutting dies, printing blocks, jigs etc. as well as dealing with issues such as labelling, packaging etc. It will be important therefore that candidates can utilise a variety of suitable materials and components. Whilst undertaking product analysis activities, it is expected that candidates will make detailed references to the materials used as well as the associated manufacturing issues.


Unit 2: Designing and Making Practice (60% of total marks)

Candidates undertake a single design and make activity which is selected from a range of board-set tasks. Candidates are required to submit a 3-dimensional outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. The design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper or equivalent A3 paper or the ICT equivalent. All candidates should provide photographic evidence of the finished outcome and it is strongly recommended that photographic evidence at various stages of making is submitted. This specification in Design and Technology: Product Design encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. It prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

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