Product Design

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”    Leonardo Da Vinci

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on other subjects such as Mathematics, Science, ICT and Art and they learn to become resourceful, innovative and capable citizens.

High quality Design and Technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and through evaluation of products students develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Students have 3 lessons over 2 weeks

Students learn about Electronics, Graphics, Product design and Resistant Materials

Year 7 - Skills Learnt:

  • Line bender and some hand tools (Acrylic Photo Frame)
  • 2D Design program (USB Project)
  • Hand tool and power tools (Maze Project)

Year 8 - Skills Learnt:

NB: Students do one term of Resistant Materials and then rotate to either Food Technology or Textiles during the next two terms.

  • Vacuum former 
  • Hand tools and some power tools
  • 2D Design program
  • 3D drawing techniques

At the end of Year 8 students choose one area of D&T in which to specialise and if they are choosing to do Design and Technology they have 3 lessons a fortnight.

Year 9 Skills Learnt:

  • Laser cutter
  • Vacuum former 
  • Hand tools and some power tools
  • 2D Design program
  • 3D drawing techniques
  • Photoshop




Year 7

Acrylic Photo Frame 

USB Project

Electric Maze

Year 8

Night Light Project

Year 9

Clock Project

Slot together Toy Project

Mobile Phone Holder Project


Outside the classroom

Trips to a variety of museums including the Design Museum
Each year students are able to display their work at the annual Design and Technology show

Progression pathways and careers

Graphics and Product design courses teach theoretical and practical skills in the design area. By combining creativity with technology students have a broad knowledge of production methods and materials.

Students are able to progress to level 3 and level 4 courses (University) as well as apprenticeships.

Students are therefore not limited to exact jobs that link up directly with their chosen course. Here are some examples of roles you can do: (It is not exhaustive)

  • Advertising account executive
  • Automotive engineer
  • Marketing executive
  • Purchasing manager
  • Sales executive
  • Designer

Useful links


 Alena Gavartin Head of D & T Faculty -

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