Year 7

TechnologyJewellery Design: Scholars will develop their design skills in order to create their own range of jewellery items. The designs must be based on a cultural influence of each scholar’s choice. They will then choose and refine one piece to be made, using a range of materials and standard components. This unit includes an introduction workshop safety.

Year 8

Passive Amplifier: Scholars will revisit safe working practices in the workshop environment. This topic requires scholars to use a basic template to develop their own version of a Passive Amplifier, for use with a mobile phone. They will develop their own design, working to a retro design theme. Scholars will use a range of tools and materials, as well as learning to measure and work with materials with precision.

Year 9

Design and brand - Perfume: Scholars will develop their own scent and brand identity. They will use this to develop a final fragrance bottle design and suitable packaging solution. They will also make a sample swatch, which will contain a gel wax sample of their own scent.

Design Movements - Nightlight: Scholars will learn a range of drawing techniques and understand how these are used to communicate design concepts. They will use CAD to create designs for production on the laser cutter. The final design will be based on research into a chosen Design Movement.

Product development - Hobby Kits: Scholars will focus on understanding the ‘needs’ of users and identifying ways of designing products with a clear purpose. Scholars will look at related products on the market. Scholars are required to design and prototype one such kit. The kit will need to be appropriately packaged and contain everything the user will need to complete the task including detailed instructions.

Year 10

Mock Controlled Assessment - Fundraisers:

Scholars will design and make a product or range of products which can be easily manufactured to a high quality using school facilities and a student workforce. They may need to develop methods of manufacturing which ensure that they are able to provide large quantities at a consistent standard.

The following suggestions might be considered although scholars may have additional ideas of their own.

  • Products to sell on a stall in large quantities
  • Collection boxes which may be placed in a variety of locations
  • Fund-raising games for an event
  • Mail order products
  • Promotional clothing or accessories

GCSE Product Design Controlled Assessment:

You are required to investigate child development in order to design and make a product which would help in the physical and/or intellectual development of children in a specific age range. The product should be suitably packaged in the same house style of the company you have investigated and should include parental guidance.

GCSE Product Design Theory Lessons:

A single lesson per week will address theory content required to address the exam content in Year 11.

Scholars will develop knowledge of materials and components, methods of manufacture and the use of ICT to design and manufacture different products.

Scholars will be able to choose from the following product categories:

  • Constructional toys
  • Play mats
  • Dressing-up outfits