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St Wilfrid's Catholic School

Subject Leader:                      Mr S Steele

Teaching Staff:                        Mr Callaghan



Design and technology at St Wilfrids offers students a wide variety of teaching that covers all aspects of the curriculum. It is our aim to give all students the opportunity to learn various skills allowing them to become independent and creative problem solvers.

Key Stage 3
Through Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils rotate through a project carousel which focuses on a different skill every 10 weeks. These skills include Resistant materials (wood and metal work) Textiles, Food, Graphics and Systems and Control (Electronics). Thorough out these projects we try to cover the theory behind design as well as covering as much of the practical side as possible. By the end of Key Stage 3 all pupils should understand the underlying principles of design and be able to take a design from its initial idea right through to making.


Key Stage 4
In Year 10 and 11 the ideas covered during KS3 are expanded upon and covered in more detail with a lot more emphasis put on the end user of their products. OCR GCSE in Product Design qualification is made up of two assessed units.

Unit 1

Principles of Design and Technology (100 marks) 2 hours written paper 50% of total GCSE

This unit brings together the learners ‘core’ and ‘in-depth’ knowledge and understanding.

The question paper is split into two sections. A minimum of 15% of the paper will assess learners’ mathematical skills as applied within a design and technology context.

Unit 2

Iterative Design Challenge project. 50% of total GCSE

This component offers the opportunity for learners to design, model and make a product. Pupils are given a choice of challenges will be released on 1 June each year


Key Stage 5

Product Design A level qualification comprises of one exam divided into two sections and one piece of coursework.

The coursework “Iterative Design Project” (50% of total A level). This coursework represents 60 hours of the candidate’s work. It is marked by the teacher, internally standardised within the centre and externally moderated by OCR. Evidence generated by this activity should include:

  • Product focus and analysis
  • Strengths and weaknesses comparison
  • Moral implications
  • Brief and specification for improving the product
  • Development of improvement
  • Testing of final developed idea

The exam “Principles of Design” (26.7% of total A level) it is a written paper. (Duration 1 hour 30 minutes).

This paper is set out through four sets of questions that predominantly cover technical principles within each endorsed title. Learners will be required to:

  • analyse existing products
  • demonstrate applied mathematical skills
  • demonstrate their technical knowledge of materials, product functionality, manufacturing processes and techniques
  • demonstrate their understanding of wider social, moral and environmental issues that impact on the design and manufacturing industries.

The second section of the exam is based on Problem Solving in design (23.3% of total A level) it is a written exam paper. (Duration 1 hour 45 minutes).

This section has a series of longer answer questions that require learners to demonstrate their problem solving and critical evaluation skills. Learners will be required to:

  • apply their knowledge, understanding and skills of designing and manufacturing prototypes and products
  •  demonstrate their higher thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations and suitability of design solutions.