Product Design

fro-product-design-ks3KS3 students are offered a Product Design rotation in their Design and Technology lessons.

The specialist CAD (Computer Aided Design) room offers state of the art facilities including a laser cutter and 3D printer.  Following current professional design cycles the students learn and put into practise how products are made and manufactured. Students focus on plastics to create products they can use and enjoy in their lives.

GCSE Graphics Visual Communication

Course Leader:              Mrs Spinks

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Examination Board:     AQA

Assessment:                   60% coursework, 40% examination


What does the course involve?       

This qualification is designed for 14–16 year olds who want to study Visual Communication in a hands on, practical way that helps them develop the knowledge, skills and experience that could open the door to a career in the industry.

Differences from Year 9

Learners complete three mandatory units across 120 guided learning hours

Unit 1: Skills Demonstration (internally assessed) Learners will carry out a number of bite-sized projects to demonstrate their competence in the 12 core skills outlined. This will include the transferable skill of teamwork and one of the mini projects should allow for this. Learners will produce a series of small made outcomes and record their work in a portfolio of no more than 15 pages.

Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed) Learners will undertake an extended project that showcases the skills they have developed in Unit 1 and knowledge they have developed through Unit 3. The project will be in response to a brief, examples of which are included in Unit 2: Extended making project. Learners will develop skills in planning and development, making, testing and evaluation and communication.

Unit 3: Fundamentals of visual communication (externally assessed) Learners will study the fundamentals of the Visual Communication industry and the industrial and commercial processes that exist within it. They will learn about materials and their properties and also about possible careers within the industry.

Skills developed

This Level 1/2 Technical Award in Visual Communication gives learners a whole host of easily transferable skills. They include: • communication • teamwork.

The course will develop a wide range of practical making skills incorporating drawing and sketching in 2D and 3D, using digital software, application of colour theory and image capture and manipulation. Learners will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of graphic based materials and their properties

A Level

Examination Board:    WJEC

Specification:                9080

Course Leader:              Mr P Bentley

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What Will I Study?

  • Intended to be of interest to a wide range of candidates including those intending to directly follow a higher education course or career in Design and Technology or an associated area.
  • Building upon the knowledge, understanding and skills established by the National Curriculum and GCSE, whilst at the same time, accommodating the needs of candidates who have not studied Design and Technology at GCSE Level.
  • Promoting progression and providing a suitable foundation for the study of Design and Technology, or a related area of study, at further or higher education and/or preparation for future employment and the world of work.
  • Providing opportunities for candidates to gain a broad understanding of the skills, understanding and knowledge inherent in Design and Technology and to specialise in one focus area.
  • Encouraging candidates to develop their critical thinking, to see the relationships between designer, manufacturer and user and to perceive Design and Technology within the world in which we live.

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade B at GCSE in Resistant Materials, Graphics or Product Design.


AS Level Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 2.5 hours, 50% of qualification

AS Level Component 2: Design and make task

Non-exam assessment: 40 hours, 50% of qualification

A Level Component 1: Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 3 hours, 50% of qualification Component 1

A Level Component 2: Design and make project

Non-exam assessment: 80 hours, 50% of qualification Design and Technology in the 21st Century

Written examination: 3 hours

Where Next?

A degree in the following areas: Product Design, Graphics, Illustration, Architecture etc.

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