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DT Key Stage 4

The Design & Technology Department offers a wide range of 5 design courses in Key Stage 4:

  • Production Design/Dylunio Cynnyrch
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Product Design/Dylunio Cynnyrch

Design and Technology - Product Design
Dylunio a Thechnoleg - Dylunio Cynnyrch

Which teacher(s) should I see if I want more information about the course?

Mrs. Barnard, Mr. James or Mr. La Trobe

What course will I be following?

GCSE in Design and Technology - Product Design (WJEC)

Product Design Specification

What kinds of things will I study?

Through studying Design and Technology you will become better prepared to thrive in an increasingly technological world. You will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. You will also get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

You will learn the core technical and designing and making principles, including a wide range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. You will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

How will my work be assessed?

50% of your marks will come from a 2 hour written examination paper sat at the end of Year 11.

50% of your marks will come from a non-examined assessment consisting of a single design and make activity selected from a range of tasks set by the examination board (this process takes place over approximately 35 hours) and takes place in Year 11.

How can I progress my learning in this subject after Year 11 and is this the course for me?

Product Design will help to develop your skills and capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and interdependence. The problem solving skills developed through the study of Product Design are highly valued by employers.

As a designer you will solve a design problem by Investigating, Designing, Modelling, Testing and Evaluating a final design proposal/product.

To be successful in Product, you need to be committed, creative, artistic, motivated, a problem solver and most importantly, be interested in all aspects of the subject and not just making.

We do offer A Level Product Design here in the Sixth Form at Dyffryn Taf, where you will get a chance to further develop your knowledge skills and understanding of the topics you will have covered at GCSE.

If you want to pursue a career in Product Design after A Level, you can go on to university to study either a BA (Hons) Product Design course which is the creative side of product design; or BSc (Hons) Product Design which is the technical side of product design. There are plenty of other courses available such as Architecture Transport Design, Furniture Design, Product Design Engineering, Product Design and Innovation to name but a few.

If you are considering a career in any of the following: engineering, manufacturing, construction, design, architecture, electronics, robotics, education, pneumatic, hydraulic, environmental, architecture (amongst others) you may want to consider studying a Design and Technology subject. It is a great pathway to a wide range of further opportunities.