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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits

Product Design

Product Design is an exciting and hugely popular subject that allows students to design a product that can solve problems. Students are encouraged to experiment with different materials to reach the most effective product/solution. Throughout their time studying Product Design, students will be given short focused practical tasks to build on their knowledge from KS3 D&T to ensure they have broad depth of skills and knowledge to work with for their controlled assessment.


Students will undertake a variety of smaller projects that are both challenging and engaging and have been designed to cover different a variety of material including electronics, textiles, resistant materials, graphics and CAD/CAM.


Students that take this subject will be rotated around the Faculty and be taught by different teachers to draw upon their subject specialism. Students may be completing several projects simultaneously and independent learning is encouraged throughout the course.


Typical products that are covered in GCSE Product Design are:


  • Fashion Design – Up Cycling, SLR camera bags, Garment design
  • Electronic Products – MP3 player, Flash drives, timers, LED lighting.
  • Furniture – Flat pack furniture, storage device, modular storage.
  • Jewellery – Pewter Cast Jewellery, Laser cut jewellery, Design movement inspired jewellery.
  • Educational learning product – Activity play centre, shape sorters, stroll along walker
  • Design Movements – Architecture, Art Deco, Bauhaus, Art Nouveau.



Students will be completing one written exam which will contribute towards 40% their overall grade. This will take place at the end of Year 11 and will be two hours in length. The topics in this examination will have been covered during Year 10 and revisited during revision throughout the two years. The paper is part theory based and part design based with the context being supplied before the examination.


Controlled Assessment

Students will have the opportunity to complete a single design-and-make activity selected from a choice of set tasks, consisting of the development of a made outcome and a concise design folder and/or appropriate ICT evidence. These tasks are reviewed every two years. The controlled assessment will be completed within lessons and will contribute towards 60% of their overall grade.


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