Product Design KS4


The Design and Technology department at the Wellington Academy are committed to delivering a curriculum accessible to all, which provides the broadest possible range of opportunities for students. The curriculum is one which will allow students to become self-motivated and confident learners, who can work both independently and as part of a team. We aim to ensure that learners combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, awareness of the importance of function and ergonomics as well as preparing them for pathways to employment in the Design and Technological field. Our main priority is for students to use their creative flair to become problem solvers who are not afraid of solving solutions.


The Design and Technology department at the Wellington Academy firmly believes that students learn best by ‘doing’ and by allowing them to experiment and take risks, in a safe and positive learning environment. This is achieved through a curriculum that embraces new innovative technologies and resembles modern industrial processes, whilst retaining the best of traditional practices. At the heart of this, is the desire to deliver a curriculum in which students solve solutions using embedded skills and knowledge, producing products with a high quality finish. Students must learn about the social and ethical responsibilities of designers and engineers and the importance of managing finite resources with care.


  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

Year 10

Investigating Design Possibilities

Sustainable Materials

Design Generation

Designing to a specification

Ethical Process

Realising Design

Investigating Design Possibilities

Product Investigation

Year 11

Product market research and profiling

Design Generation

Make element of NEA

Design Cycle & Components