George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Product Design & Engineering


product designThe Product Design department at George Salter Academy is a successful department, which 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 them 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

Extra curricular activitiesThe 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:


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Product Design and Engineering year 7Product Design is taught across all key stages. Students have 2 lessons of 50 minutes each week as a double lesson. Students are taught in mixed ability groups of around 25. In year 7 & 8 students rotate through Product Design, Graphics and Food studying each subject for 1 term. In year 9 students, study Design and Technology and Food for 1 and a half terms each. 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 needed 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.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students have the choice to study GCSE Design and Technology or OCR Cambridge National in Engineering Design.

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 (together with evidence of modelling to develop and prove product concept and function) that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. It gives students opportunities to apply knowledge from other disciplines, including mathematics, science, art and design, computing and the humanities. Students will acquire subject knowledge in design and technology that builds on Key Stage 3, incorporating knowledge and understanding of different materials and manufacturing processes in order to design and make, with confidence, prototypes in response to issues, needs, problems and opportunities. Students learn how to take design risks, helping them to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising citizens. They should develop an awareness of practices from the creative, engineering and manufacturing industries. Through the critique of the outcomes of design and technology activity, both historic and present day, students should develop an understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world and understand that high-quality design and technology is important to the creativity, culture, sustainability, wealth and wellbeing of the nation and the global community. In the context of this document, the term ‘prototype’ refers to a functioning design outcome. A final prototype could be a highly-finished product, made as proof of concept before manufacture:

  • Component 1: Written examination, 1 hour and 45 minutes (50% of qualification)
  • Component 2: Non-examined assessment (50% of the qualification)

Students will undertake a project based on a contextual challenge released by us a year before certification. The project will test students’ skills in investigating, designing, making and evaluating a prototype of a product.


OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Engineering Design

Engineering design is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities. This qualification is an opportunity for students to develop a design specification 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:

  • Unit R105: Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements (assessment: written paper OCR set and marked 1 hour)
  • Unit R106: Product analysis and research (assessment: centre-assessed task, OCR moderated)
  • Unit R107: Developing and resenting, engineering designs (assessment: centre-assessed task, OCR moderated)
  • Unit R108: 3D design realisation (assessment: centre-assessed task, OCR moderated)

Key Stage 5 / Post 16

an engineering studentAt KS5, the Product Design & Engineering Department offers several courses.

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