GCSE Product Design

📖 Overview

GCSE Product Design will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Product Design 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.

Our GCSE allows students to study core technical and designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

🎓 The Course

Students will be encouraged to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place within contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice
  • Develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values
  • Use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing
  • Develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas whilst designing and making
  • Communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing
  • Develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing their own project work
  • Develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, 
  • Create imaginative and functional prototypes
  • Be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses
  • Consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products
  • Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology
  • Use key design and technology terminology, including those related to: designing, innovation and communication materials and technologies; making, manufacture and production; critiquing, values and ethics.

📝 Assessments

This GCSE is assessed via a single exam (50%) and through a Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) task (50%).

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Subject Contact:

Miss Mallows

Post-16 Academic:

  • A Level Design & Technology

Post-16 Employment:

  • Teaching
  • Engineering
  • Product Design
  • Construction and Building Services