Product Design & Engineering

The Product Design department at George Salter Academy is a successful department. It is forward thinking in its delivery of Product Design at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5, and Engineering at Key Stage 4. Product Design and Engineering are taught in 2 specialist rooms which allow students to design and realise their ideas.


We aim to inspire and cultivate future Designers and Engineers. We aim to provide a learning environment where pupils can be creative and develop thinking skills, work independently and develop self-esteem. It is our intension that pupils develop attitudes of curiosity, enquiry, initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness as they experience a range of different material areas.

We have high expectations of all our students and lead by example. Our teachers Ms Gaize (Head of Department) and Miss Raven have industry background and deliver Product Design and Engineering with a consistent and co-ordinated approach.

Study Support

The Product Design & Engineering Department offers a number of study support sessions for students across different year groups. Key Stage 4 and 5 students are well supported in preparation for both internal and external assessments with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.


Ms P Gaize (Head of Department), email: [email protected]

“My teachers have really taught me that mistakes are okay. It is how we learn a better way to do something.”

“The department is fun and are really encouraging of our individual ideas.”

Product Design is taught across all key stages. Students have 2 lessons of 50 minutes each week delivered as a double lesson. Students are taught in mixed ability groups of around 25. At KS3 students rotate through Product Design, Graphics and Food. All areas of the KS3 National Curriculum are taught through the wide variety of design projects.

Throughout KS3 students are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills required to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. Students identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them. Technical knowledge, creative problem solving skills and practical skills are progressively developed so all students are prepared to continue with the subjects at KS4.

Students have a range of GCSE options to choose from, based on their chosen design journey. We offer Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology, OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design, NCFE Graphics Design and BTEC Production Arts.

BTEC Production Arts

Production arts enables you to acquire technical knowledge and skills through vocational contexts. Studying design, production and technical areas of live performance you will examine the roles and responsibilities of different practitioners; as well as the different approaches and styles used, such as comedy, ballet or musical theatre. You will develop key skills; being able to respond to and interpret different ideas and experiencing the ways in which production teams work through the development of ideas, rehearsal and then performance.

NCFE Graphic Design

 Graphic design is a form of visual communication. It is the process by which visual information is given form and structure to communicate a message. This qualification focuses on an applied study of the graphic design sector and learners will develop their understanding of graphics in the wider world.

Edexcel GCSE Design and Technology

The GCSE in Design and Technology enables students to understand and apply iterative design processes through which they explore, create and evaluate a range of outcomes. The qualification enables students to use creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems. Students continue to learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens

OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design

Engineering design is an opportunity for students to develop their understanding of design and study the processes involved in designing new engineered products. They’ll use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification will also encourage them to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, will engage them in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model.

Product Design can be studied at A Level, please see our sixth form section for more information.