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Product Design and Graphics GCSE at Christ The King College

Course description

GCSE Product Design provides students with the opportunity to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops students’ interdisciplinary skills, all six Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

Course content

Students will engage in designing and making products using wood, metal, plastics, card, paper, manufactured board and the production of components and systems. D&T Product Design develops interdisciplinary skills and their capacity for imaginative, creative thinking, creativity and independence. The course builds upon the knowledge gained at Key stage 3 and allows students the independence to develop their project work to meet their own interests.
We are fortunate in having very good computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing (CAM) facilities including laser cutting as well as a breadth of equipment and expertise at Christ the King and Product Design students use these extensively at GCSE.


Controlled Assessment Task 60%
During Year 10, students will undertake a range of designing and making project tasks that will develop their knowledge and understanding in wood, metal, plastics, card, paper, manufactured board and the production of components and systems with the aid of CAD CAM.
At the beginning of Year 11 students will select their own project brief for the 30 hour controlled assessment task, which will involve the designing and making of the product. This task is externally assessed by the WJEC and is worth 60% of the final grade. Students are free to work with a wide range of materials and use the knowledge and experience gained throughout the course.
Written Examination 40%
Students undertake one 2 hour examination that tests their knowledge and understanding of design and technology resistant materials.

Future opportunities

D&T Product Design and Graphics offers direct access to A Level Design & Technology and will assist students entry into a very wide range of further and higher education courses. Career opportunities are broad but include engineering, design, manufacturing, architecture and modern apprenticeships, industrial design, graphic design and product design much more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years