Product Design



Director of Learning: Mr J Newsum

KS4 Curriculum


Students, who choose to study GCSE Design and Technology as an option at Key Stage four, will learn about how everyday products are designed and the different factors that influence their development and production. During the course, students will complete a range of designs and manufacture projects to prepare them for the final practical controlled assessment that they will begin in year 11. The examination board externally sets this project and the assessment makes up 50% of the final GCSE grade.  At the end of year 11 students sit a written GCSE examination that is worth 50% of the final grade.

Candidates should undertake a substantial design and make task, which is selected from a range of AQA-set contextual challenges. The briefs are reviewed and released annually by AQA on 1st June. Candidates will produce a working prototype and an A3 portfolio of maximum 20 pages of evidence. It is expected that candidates should spend approximately 30-35 hours on this activity. All candidates should provide photographic evidence of the finished outcome and it is strongly recommended that photographic evidence at various stages of making is submitted.

How you will be assessed?

  •  A single written examination paper, two hours in duration

The exam is worth 50% of the final overall grade (math’s and science knowledge contributes 15%)

  • A coursework portfolio maximum 20 pages, recording each stage of the process in the design and manufacture of a specified product

The coursework is worth 50% of the final overall grade



Year 12

AQA – Product Design AS/A2

We follow the AQA AS/A2 specification here at Wilmington. Students will complete two projects, or a portfolio of projects, where they research, design, make, test and evaluate their work, as well as potential for branding and advertising consideration. Students will solve real-world problems through innovative design solutions and will also look at iconic designs and designers, to inspire and guide their products, as well as analysing any existing product that shows success in its design. The course aims to build upon existing GCSE knowledge, to produce high quality products and have a strong knowledge of Product Design theory, preparing students for a potential career in Product Design. This course leads effectively into University degree courses or Apprenticeship schemes in the Product Design sector.

Entry Requirements

Students must achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE. We are asking for an A or B on any prior GCSE Product Design course or Merit and above for any other relevant BTEC course

We require students to have a C in English and Maths, preferably with a B in Product Design or other related art/design course.

Overview of Content

AS-Level – PROD1: Materials, Components and Application (exam)

PROD2: Learning Through Designing and Making (coursework)

A2-Level – PROD3: Design and Manufacture (exam)

PROD4: Design and Making Practice (coursework)

 Overview of Assessment

The course is assessed in the June examinations.

Students in the AS course will sit one 2-hour written exam.

Students in the A2 course will sit one 2-hour written exam.

All assessment units are weighted at 50%, PROD1 and PROD2 make up 100% of AS and PROD3 and PROD4 make up 100% of A2.

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