Product Design


Nobody ever really thinks about how we all go about our everyday lives. Look all around you and you'll see:

  • Gadgets that we rely or enjoy at our leisure. Can you imagine living without your mobile phone?
  • Accessories and clothes that we wear
  • Types of transport that get us around
  • Buildings or structures that we visit

These have all been designed by people with imagination, made to satisfy peoples’ needs and created to improve the way we live, work & play using the principals of product design. Our Product Design students could become the next generation of inventors, designers, thinkers or makers that are responsible for shaping our future quality of life.

At Byrchall we take steps to innovate, inspire, and challenge our students to be respectful, responsible & to have fun. Everyone will progress, develop their skills and be prepared for the 21st century world. Product Design offers a unique opportunity for our students to experience the latest techniques in designing & making of products, using a variety of materials & processes.

Product Design is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Our key aims are:

  • To develop students’ creativity and imagination, so they can design and make high quality products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
  • To ensure that students have a broad range of subject knowledge with regards to materials and processes and encourage them to draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art in order to solve problems and bring their ideas to life.
  • To encourage pupils to take design risks, become resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
  • To encourage students to take an interest in evaluating past and present designs so they can develop a good understanding of how products impact their daily life and the wider world.
  • To inspire students how their interests in Product Design can lead to a rewarding career in design.

Our Product Design Department boast a range of specialist equipment such as Computer Aided Design workstations, 3D printing, laser cutters and sublimation facilities. We have 2 full time members of staff and a part time technician.


  • PD Club attracts students from both KS3 & 4. Students put their skills to good use to help with the whole school community, such as making props for the drama production and making products which can be either sold or support other parts of the Byrchall community. The club promotes team work and it is nice for the older students to help coach the younger students. Students have a say in what they would like to design & make and the extra time really helps them to explore & develop their creativity, designing & practical skills.
  • Remote Control Car Club has a variety of petrol & electric vehicles. Students learn to problem solve and assist in maintaining the cars and obviously enjoy the driving experience.
  • PD Catch Up is available on a Tuesday (KS3) or Thursday (KS4) lunchtime for students who are behind in their work, need to use our facilities or just want more time to develop their skills.

External Links

Exam Board

AQA Product Design GCSE

Great Product Design websites:

Technology Student

BBC Bitesize

Free software:

Sketchup - (3D Computer Aided Design – easy to use & free tutorials)

Autodesk (Free CAD industrial software)

Apps for mobile phones:

Pintrest (great for inspiration & ideas – can create quick mood boards)

DT App (Can download revision apps for Product Design)

Wider Reading

Wider reading for PD GCSE, a great way to progress, improve your work and learn more.

AQA GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design – 1408502763

GCSE Design & Technology Product Design AQA Revision Guide – 1847623549

Subject Content

Autumn Spring Summer
1 Resistant materials: Acrylic Key ring & Mood light Textiles: Sustainable material & Pencil Case Food
2 Food Resistant materials: Acrylic Key ring & Mood light Textiles: Sustainable material & Pencil Case
3 Textiles: Sustainable material & Pencil Case Food Resistant materials: Acrylic Key ring & Mood light
1 Simple storage (timber) Chocolate bar 3D vessel – weaving & Pencil Case
2 Storage products (Acrylic) Simple storage (timber) Chocolate bar
3 Food Storage products (Acrylic) Simple storage (timber)
4 3D vessel – weaving & Pencil Case Food Storage products (Acrylic)
5 Chocolate bar 3D vessel – weaving & Pencil Case Food
All Headphone wrap & Packaging Pendant Box Jewellery making
All Lamp – design, modelling & development Levers & linkages & lamp Final assembly (lamp) – Controlled assessment - research
All Controlled Assessment - design & development of ideas Controlled assessment – Final practical Exam Revision & preparation

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Year 9 Overview

Year 10 Overview

Year 11 Overview