Product Design & Engineering

KS3 Product Design

Year 7

The pupils use Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) to produce a keyring. This project introduces pupils to plastics and CAD/CAM as well as developing their design skills. Pupils also complete 2 mini projects working with metal and wood. 

Year 8

Pupils in year 8 produce a bird box which can be used at home or donated to local wildlife sites. This project develops their skills with hand tools as well as looking at the theory behind their designs.

Year 9

In year 9 pupils have the choice of two projects, a passive amplifier or a makeup stand. This project develops their design skills and looks at more areas of theory which links directly to Product Design at Key Stage 4.



AQA Product Design GCSE

Class of 2018

GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Unit 1: Written Paper (40%) (2 hours)

Unit 2: Design & Making Practice (60%) (45 hours)


OCR Cambridge Nationals Engineering Manufacture

This qualification is part of the new Cambridge Nationals in Engineering suite. It is aimed at students who wish to study the processes involved in manufacturing new engineered products. It provides students with the knowledge and skills required to operate manufacturing tools and equipment used to make products in accordance with a design specification, and develops their understanding of the processes and systems required to transfer a design concept into a mass produced quality product.

R109: Engineering materials, processes and production (25%) (1 hour exam)

R110: Preparing and planning for manufacture (25%) (Assignment)

R111: Computer aided manufacturing (25%) (Assignment)

R112: Quality control of engineered products (25%) (Assignment)


Class of 2019 onwards 

NCFE Level 2 Engineering

This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in engineering. It will provide learners with experience of using different tools and materials to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of what engineering may involve.

Unit 01 Introduction to engineering (25%) Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 02 Introduction to engineering drawing (25%) 45 minute exam

Unit 03 Tools and equipment for engineering (25%) Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 04 Engineering materials and their properties





Junior hacksaw as part of unit 5 assignment

Typical CAD drawn circuit diagram

Typical engineering drawing for junior hacksaw


Technology Work Area

There is a well-equipped work area with a range of traditional tools, electronic circuit construction equipment and latest technology – a laser cutter and two 3D printers.



3-D Printing



Lazer Cutting - Plywood Keyring





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