Product Design Curriculum Overview

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year:


Year 7

In Year 7 students are introduced to product design and the design process. Students learn the skills to investigate, design, develop, manufacture and evaluate a small wooden air freshener to promote sustainability to consumers.

In Year 8 students are introduced to 3 major 20th century design movements: Art deco, The Memphis Group and Bauhaus. Students are given a design brief to design and manufacture a design movement inspired clock made from acrylic for a furnishings store. This project focuses on how to design, develop, prototype and join plastic materials together using a range of hand and machine tools. Students are introduced to wider ethical issues, such as the impact of plastics on our environment.

In Year 9 students undertake a mini GCSE style project in order to better equip them for Year 10 and 11 product design. Students are encouraged to use higher level manufacturing skills to develop their ideas and are introduced to CAD and CAM and encouraged to use it within their designs. 

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

In year 10 students mainly complete theory lessons in order to build their knowledge and understanding of characteristics of materials and manufacturing processes. This leads into a mini project where students have the ability to apply what they have learnt to design and manufacture a product in response to a design brief.

Towards the end of year 10 students choose their design context for their controlled assessment – Unit 2 which is 60% of their final GCSE grade. This encompasses their design portfolio of evidence (coursework) and their final prototype product.

Through year 11 students carry on working through their controlled assessment (coursework portfolio). In addition, students will continue to build up their knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes, social/economic/moral factors of design, material characteristics and design skills in preparation for the written paper – Unit 1.

The written paper (Unit 1) is worth 40% of their final GCSE grade. The paper is usually sat in June in Year 11.

Students receive 5 lessons a fortnight in Product Design and are expected to spend at least one hour on homework per week.

Grades are awarded A* - G. 

Year 11



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