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 5. Product Design and Engineering are taught in 2  specialist rooms that have access to 30 bookable laptops, which have wireless connections to the school network and the internet, this gives more flexibility in teaching 3D modelling CAD software such as Autodesk.


Our aims are to provide opportunities for pupils where they can enjoy turning ideas into reality and  strive for successful outcomes. 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 Mr Taylor (Head of Department), Miss Bullock (Postholder-Product Design) and Mr Sanghera (Engineering) 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 their examinations with after school revision, twilight sessions, and holiday activities.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra curricular activitiesWe have a weekly Technology club that caters for Key Stage 3 pupils and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) club for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 pupils. We have run successful trips to RAF Cosford, Silverstone and CERN in Switzerland. There are further trips being planned which could see pupils travelling to exciting venues such as NASA in the USA.



Mr S. Taylor (Head of Department), email:

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

Product Design is taught across all key stages. In Product Design and Engineering year 7Year 7, The students have 2 lessons of 50 minutes each week as a double lesson. Students are taught in mixed ability groups of around 25. The Key Stage is divided into modules and the students rotate to experience the different materials areas utilising the specialist staff’s experience and classroom resources. In Year 8, students have two lessons of Product Design a week and then pupils pick their option choices for Year 9.

Year 7

Projects include the Maze Game project, the Jewellery Box project, the Stationery Holder project


Year 8

Product Design and Engineering year 8Projects include the Sports Trophy project, the Balancing Toy project, the Mechanical Toy project and the Design Era Project.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

Students can currently opt to study Resistant Materials, Graphic Products at GCSE. We deliver the courses via the AQA syllabus. Exam results have been very pleasing showing added value and are above national averages in all areas. The Department has now introduced the new Product Design course to Key Stage 3 and 4 as this keeps our students up-to-date with current design trends and helps prepare them for employment in the contemporary 21st Century design and make market.

Year 9

In Year 9, students start preparing the skills and units they need for GCSE Product Design so by the time they are in Years 10 and 11, they feel better prepared for the styles of exam questions and source analysis that are required at GCSE level.

Year 10 & 11

In Year 10 and 11 students start their GCSE Course. This is made up of a piece of design-and-make coursework (50%) and an exam (50%).


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)


Exam results 2016 2017 2018
GCSE Product Design 50% A* - C;
100% A* - C
32% A* - C;
100% A* - G
38% A* - C;
100% A* - G
Engineering Cambridge Nationals n/a n/a 32% L2D* - P;
100% L2D* - P
Table of Product Design exam results 2016-2018



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

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