Product Design


Subject: Design Technology-Product Design (AQA)              

Link to other subjects/degrees/careers:

Product Design sits well with science subject as an indicator of creativity, the ability to focus on a task through to conclusion and analytical skills. It can link well with art and textiles, developing competency with different materials. For anyone aspiring towards a degree and/or career in engineering,  design or manufacturing it is an essential subject.

Skills/competencies developed:

Aside from the obvious making and assembling skills, students learn about drawing and graphical representation, the use of computers for drawing and product creation through the use of the laser cutter and 3D printer. Product Design also gives students an increased knowledge of, and competence with, using ICT in a practical way. 


Year Group

Areas of Study


Unit 1 -Fridge magnet –an introduction to designing and making.

Unit 2 –Articulated Creature-the first use of machines, carpentry and hand tools, designing a jointed, pull along toy.

Unit 3 –USB Stick-an introduction to computer aided design and manufacture, designing and drawing using the computer and then using the laser cutter to produce three sides of a USB case.

*A student would study Product Design for three lessons a fortnight for a half year


Unit 1-LED light-designing and producing a light with a light changing LED, learning about the technology of lighting and working with CAD/CAM and building a base from timber and wiring an electronic circuit.

Unit 2-Jewelry Pewter casting-Designing a small casting within certain parameters learning about metals and finishing.

Unit 3-Product Analysis-the study and analysis of a range of products learning to discuss properties and functions, in an analytical rather than subjective way.

*A student would study Product Design for three lessons a fortnight for a half year


Unit 1-Clock-a longer, more detailed project, focusing on quality of design and drawing. A hand made object, using equipment and techniques to achieve almost machine accuracy.

*A student would study Product Design for three lessons a fortnight for a half year-Until GCSE choices in the sixth term.

In year 10, students study a range of smaller projects, seagulls, desk tidy, 3D printed object, focusing on a range of skills that will be needed for their controlled assessment.

The course comprises of 60% coursework (known as controlled assessment) and 40% exam (2hr).

Students produce a portfolio and a practical outcome that, with guidance, satisfies a need that has been identified.  Students currently produce high quality desk lamps which would not look out of place in a modern department store.

We really try to promote independence in the student’s designing, with this coupled with an excellent course structure, our students really thrive in our exciting environment.