Product Design GCSE: Resistant Materials

Course Content

Are you a creative, practical person? Do you like making things from woods, metals or plastics? GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality using a range of materials and techniques. You will study the following:

  • Designing and making small, complex items out of a combination of materials such as woods, metals, plastics, card, paper and fabric. Possibly some systems & electronics
  • Designing, packaging and labelling for the product.
  • Working accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials and components.
  • The industrial, commercial and environmental concerns involved in making the product.
  • The full use of Computer Aided Design and manufacture in the making of the product.
  • Develop the design further to take into account mass production techniques.

Assessment Procedure

There is one tier of assessment for grades A*-G.

  • UNIT 1 WRITTEN PAPER. 2 hours—120 marks—worth 40%. Taken at the end of the course in Year 11. Students answer all questions in two sections.
  • UNIT 2: DESIGN AND MAKING PRACTICE (Controlled Assessment) 45 hours—90 marks—worth 60%. Students select a design and make activity involving research, planning, refinement and making from a range of options set by the exam board.

Opportunities at CEC and Beyond

After AS & A Level Design technology, further study can lead to vocational or Degree programmes such as Architecture, Product Design or Engineering or alternatively BTEC courses and further education training leading to jobs in fields such as:

  • Agricultural Engineering or Mechanics, Yacht and Boat Building,
  • Carpentry and Joinery, Construction and Engineering, Electrician
  • Furniture Crafts, Kitchen Fitter, Plumber, Manufacturing, Welder

Complementary Subjects

Science, Maths, Art and Design