GCSE Product Design

Course Description


Product Design is a practical subject which helps students develop their creativity, with making of products. A process of creating a new product to be sold by a business to its customers. A very broad concept, it is essentially the efficient and effective generation and development of ideas through a process that leads to new products.


Course Content

This two unit course requires students to develop their application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them.


GCSE Product Design will enable learners to:

Actively engage in the processes of design and technology to develop as effective and independent learners.

Make decisions, consider sustainability and combine skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design and make quality products.

Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making.

Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life.

Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working.

Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle.

Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge.



Unit 1 – Written Paper
40% of total marks
2 hours
Materials and components
Candidates will build upon the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study (Strategy) to develop a working knowledge of a wide range of materials and standard components appropriate to modelling, prototyping and manufacturing. Candidates will be given the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the functions, working characteristics and the processing techniques when designing and making food products.

Unit 2 – Design and Making Practice
60% of total marks

Consists of a single design and make activity from Design and market influences

Candidates will be able to apply knowledge and understanding of the working characteristics of food together with processing techniques in order to design and make a product.

Controlled assessment criteria
Candidates will undertake a single design and make activity. The design folder should consist of approximately 20 pages of A3 paper.


Future Opportunities

GCSE specifications in design and technology will encourage learners to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing. The course will prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.
The times they are a changing. Especially within the technology industry, it is becoming increasingly important to broaden our skills as designers, embracing ones previously thought superfluous. Even ones that don’t exist yet.