Product Design
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"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, design is knowing which ones to keep" - Scott Adams

All PD staff will strive to enthuse, facilitate and shape our Byrchall students to be creative problem solvers who are confident, resilient and most importantly passionate about the products they design & make.

Students will build on previous experiences and will develop key skills in each specialist area.

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  • CAD/CAM – Storage solutions – mobile phone

  • Resistant Materials -  Environmentally friendly lamp


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 and 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.

Clicking on the buttons below will download a PDF including a further breakdown of topics covered in the subject:

Homework will be set in the following formats to support independent learning in our subject:

  • Keywords followed by a spelling test in lesson.

  • Watching a video to learn a specific skill or to support a research activity.

  • Reading an article online with regards to product evolution – new materials /processes and products.

  • Practising a particular skill just as:

    • Sketching (2D and 3D)

    • Producing a working drawing with measurements

    • Generating design ideas

    • Developing ideas

    • Simple card modelling

  • CAD (Corel Draw/Google sketch up)

  • Collecting research information

  • Measurements to ensure a product in ergonomic

  • Imagery/inspiration to help with design ideas

  • Customer interviews/feedback to help with evaluation

  • Visits to shops to look at existing products

  • Product Analysis to see how a product works or is made

  • Exploring a design movement

  • Looking at the work of famous designers

  • Finding out about careers related to Product Design

  • Investigating possible pathways with local colleges & universities

  • Finding out local industries and jobs including apprenticeships

  • Improving theory knowledge and understanding at GCSE

    • Reading and answering GCSE student work booklets (Y10 and Y11)

    • Practising exam questions

    • Completing interactive quizzes online (Seneca Learning)

    • Watching GCSE PODS on key topics

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