Product Design is a challenging & creative subject, where students will expand their knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, styles, designers, design movements, the history and evolution of design, ICT in design, accuracy and communication. Students spend time learning new theoretical content as well as developing their design and practical skills.
Students get the opportunity to demonstrate and improve their creative thinking and designing skills, learn new ways to develop and communicate their ideas and the freedom to generate, develop, model and manufacture a wide range of products out of various materials allowing them to develop and continuously learn new practical skills. Students will learn content throughout year 9 and 10 to help them begin their coursework in year 10 and will continue applying their new knowledge for the year 11 exam.
The students learn in a variety of ways; group learning, individually, class learning, they also get the chance to lead their own learning through investigative tasks. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and gain a new perceptive outlook.
Students continuously partake in research and investigation tasks to enforce their learning; where needed tasks are also set to enable students to pre-learn the content of the coming lessons or home learning tasks set to reinforce the learning of the lesson. When students begin their coursework they will work independently to produce a personalised project, which is worked on both in lessons and at home.
Students complete internal exams in both year 9 and year 10 and begin their coursework (60% of their final grade) in year 10 which they finish in year 11 in time for the exam (40% of their final grade).
Product design can open up a huge pathway of careers which could include becoming a; Product Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, CAD CAM Design Engineer, Architect, Web Designer, Engineer, Concept Modeler, Teacher, Advertising and Marketing Consultant, Buyer, Styler, Consultant Designer.
The Principals, other senior leaders and governors, provide outstanding leadership.Ofsted
Relationships are enhanced by the college structure. Students say, and inspectors agree, that there is a close family feel to being in a smaller college unit, and that students enjoy school more because of this.Ofsted
Students participate readily in the wide range of sports, social, art, music and drama activities that the school provides. Many students attend the after school and weekend revision clubs that staff provide.Ofsted
The school organises the wide range of subjects it teaches extremely well, and reviews them regularly, adjusting its provision to meet the changing needs of students.Ofsted
Teaching is challenging. It is based on accurate assessment of how well students make progress, what their individual learning needs are, and what kinds of activities will best make sure that they learn well.Ofsted
Students make outstanding progress in English and mathematics. Students’ progress in business, design and technology, ICT and physical education is also outstanding. Students make good progress overall.Ofsted