Product Design

Our Vision

Our vision is to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

At Key Stage 3

Through a variety of creative and practical activities, students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.


  • use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs
  • identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them
  • develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations
  • use a variety of approaches [for example, biomimicry and user-centred design], to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses
  • Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches, detailed plans, 3-D and mathematical modelling, oral and digital presentations and computer-based tools


  • select from and use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery precisely, including computer-aided manufacture
  • select from and use a wider, more complex range of materials, components and ingredients, taking into account their properties Evaluate
  • analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop and broaden their understanding
  • investigate new and emerging technologies
  • test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of intended users and other interested groups
  • understand developments in design and technology, its impact on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists Design and technology – key stage 3 3 Technical knowledge
  • understand and use the properties of materials and the performance of structural elements to achieve functioning solutions
  • understand how more advanced mechanical systems used in their products enable changes in movement and force
  • understand how more advanced electrical and electronic systems can be powered and used in their products [for example, circuits with heat, light, sound and movement as inputs and outputs]
  • apply computing and use electronics to embed intelligence in products that respond to inputs [for example, sensors], and control outputs [for example, actuators], using programmable components [for example, microcontrollers]

In years 9, 10 and year 11(GCSE)

Student will be developing their Designing Skills, by being taught to:

  • be creative and innovative when designing
  • design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers
  • understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose
  • understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society
  • analyse and evaluate existing products, including those from professional designers
  • develop and use design briefs and specifications for product development
  • consider the conflicting demands that moral, cultural, economic, and social values and needs can make in the planning and in the designing of products
  • consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products
  • consider health and safety in all its aspects
  • anticipate and design for product maintenance where appropriate
  • design for manufacturing in quantity and to be aware of current commercial/industrial processes
  • generate design proposals against stated design criteria, and to modify their proposals in the light of on-going analysis, evaluation and product development
  • reflect critically when evaluating and modifying their design ideas and proposals in order to improve their products throughout inception and manufacture;
  • use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media), including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals
  • investigate and select appropriate materials/ ingredients and components
  • plan and organise activities which involve the use of materials/ingredients and components when developing or manufacturing
  • devise and apply test procedures to check the quality of their work at critical/key points during development, and to indicate ways of modifying and improving it when necessary

Student will be developing their Making Skills, by being taught to:

  • select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products
  • consider the solution to technical problems in the design and manufacture process
  • use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others
  • work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials/ingredients and components
  • manufacture products applying quality control procedures
  • have knowledge of Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) and to use as appropriate
  • ensure, through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users and devise modifications where necessary that would improve the outcome(s)
  • Understand the advantages of working as part of a team when designing and making products.

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Homework is set weekly and is based on the topic of study.  Homework can take the form of research around a given topic, practical skill building, exam and case study questions or revision for end of topic assessments.


If you wish to find out more about the curriculum your daughter is studying, please contact Mrs Batty.