Product Design

Contact Teacher: Mr J Bonney, Head of Design & Technology

Exam Board: EDEXCEL


In order to realise our vision, our curriculum will provide students with opportunities to: engage in hands on learning in well-resourced workshops, ICT suites and kitchens; view high level exemplar design and making which shows them what they are truly capable of; develop underlying knowledge of the theory that clearly relates to the practice taking place; see their teachers modelling best practice, whether designing or making; work alongside teachers who actively challenge and support them to achieve their potential; question the very idea of technological development using real world examples that encourage them to express their views and debate issues with passion; develop lifelong practical life skills that will enable them to cook, repair, design & make in their lives outside of Bishop Luffa School; engage in educational visits where they get to see the subject in real life, therefore leading to greater understanding and exposing them to the potential jobs, careers or further education opportunities available to them; develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to pursue their dreams and ambitions beyond their Bishop Luffa School journey.

The impact of our curriculum will be evidenced in:

  • our students’ enthusiasm for the subject which is displayed both in and out of the classroom;
  • our students’ work and their progress as evidenced in their written and oral work;
  • the increased number of students taking D&T in KS4 and KS5;
  • the progress and attainment of students in external exams.

Above all, our students are aware that design and technology is integral to life in our modern world. They are keen to push the boundaries, try out new ideas, take a critical view and apply their skills in imaginative ways. They are able to see the bigger picture, viewing themselves as positive users of technology whilst also being critical of its possible impact on the world, both positive and negative.

Why study Product Design?

Bishop Luffa 140Product Design provides all students with the best natural link between knowledge and the application of science and mathematics in business and commerce. The coursework component of Product Design provides every student with the opportunity to develop key project management skills that they are able to transfer to any future career.

Product Design provides students with an opportunity to learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They acquire skills that are yet unidentified and become equipped to perform in a constantly shifting workplace.

Product Design equips students to be creative, independent thinkers. Students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life.

This qualification encompasses two key factors - creativity and sustainability. Students will develop a range of transferable skills to enable them to respond with confidence to the demands of undergraduate study and the world of work.

Course details

The course will be assessed by both externally set examinations and internal assessment.

Unit 1
In this unit you will develop your creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. You will learn to develop your understanding and knowledge through product investigation, product design and product manufacture.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.

Designers from the past provide inspiration for present and future designing. You will become aware of the important contribution that key historic movements and figures have on modern design thinking. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products.

Unit 2
In this unit, you are given the opportunity to apply the skills you have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, and to design and make a product.

There are four parts to the assessment:

Part 1: Identifying Opportunities for Design
Identification of a design problem, investigation of needs and research and specification.

Part 2: Designing a Prototype
Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas.

Part 3: Making a Prototype
Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy.

Part 4: Evaluating own Design and Prototype
Testing and evaluation.

How the course is taught and assessed

Bishop Luffa 163Unit 1: A two and a half hour examination set and marked by Edexcel. 50% of course.

Unit 2: Internally set and marked and externally moderated by Edexcel. 50% of course.

Entry requirements

Maths and Science skills, knowledge and understanding underpin the theory and practice of design and technology. These skills will be embedded within the examination of this qualification.

The minimum level of mathematics in the examinations will be equivalent to higher tier in a GCSE Qualification in Mathematics. If studied 6 or above in a D&T GCSE and then a 5 or above in Maths is the entry requirement.