For an overview of the pathways through the curriculum, please see our information page here.
Welcome to the
Product Design Department
In technology pupils explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences to design and make products. They work with traditional materials and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity when designing and making. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. In technology pupils reflect critically on their own and other people’s work, judging quality, value and meaning. They learn to think and act as craftspeople and designers, working creatively and intelligently. They develop an appreciation of design, and its role in the creative and cultural industries that enrich their lives.
Design is taught for 4 lessons over two weeks in year 7. During this time students study Art, Textiles, food and Product Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.
In Year 8 students study Art, Textiles, food, Graphics and Product Design for 1 rotation each within the ‘Design Curriculum’.
At the end of year 8 students have the option to continue studying any of the 5 design subjects further for year 9,10 and 11.
In Year 9 is a skills year where students continue to study the option of their choice. This year is a skills year to develop students practical skills to ensure they can be successful when they start the GCSE controlled assessment in year 10 and 11.
For Product Design, we use Edexcel as the exam board. Links to the exam board’s specifications can be found below:
Controlled Assessment – 60%
During the two year course in years 10 and 11 students will learn techniques and processes based on a theme and/or artists. They will have guided starting points but independent work and research is encouraged for students to develop a personal style.
Exam – 40%
The exam at the end of the course is a practical exam that consists of 20 hours of preparatory time and 10 hours (over two days) in the art room to produce the final outcome.
Quality Teaching and Learning Entitlement
All students have the right to express and explore their creativity and are entitled to:
- A positive, safe, learning environment that encourages the development of Design skills and the sharing of work within a culture of mutual respect and shared responsibility.
- Be actively engaged in their own learning whilst being challenged and motivated to take responsibility for their own development and take risks.
- Experience well planned lessons which challenge them, provide clear assessment and regular Design opportunities whilst reflecting upon their own learning and development.
- A personalised and independent creative journey in which they are able to learn from their mistakes and challenge ideas.
- To experience a range of materials, techniques and Design practises to create ‘real’ outcomes.