This course will provide students with the opportunity to be creative and innovative as they develop new products. Students will develop knowledge of the complex relationships between design, materials, manufacturing and marketing.

This GCSE explores new and existing technologies. In order to provide students with a relevant knowledge of industrial techniques. Students will have access to workshops that are fully equipped with the latest tools including CAD/CAM facilities.

This course consists of two units, one of which students will carry out a major design project, producing a design portfolio and a working prototype of their product (60% of the final grade). There will be one exam unit that will count towards 40% of the final grade.

Year 9:

Students will be enthused and challenged by a wide range of practical activities designed to prepare them for the controlled assessment tasks in year 10 and 11. The Petchey Academy has partnered with the Design Museum in London to provide students with the rare opportunity to design and make a product with the potential to be sold in their gift shop. During this project students will work with industry professionals to develop the subject knowledge and gain real world understanding of the industrial application of the subject. During the first year of this course pupils will have the opportunity to gain a level 2 Diploma in their project management skills.

Year 10:

Students will carry out a major innovation challenge, where they will develop skills to enhance their creative thinking and prototyping skills. Students will work autonomously during the controlled assessment task to select suitable tools, processes and materials to develop a commercially viable product that can be used for testing and evaluation purposes.

Year 11:

Students will carry out market research on the prototype developed in year 10 and where appropriate research and create suitable advertising or point of sales to aid in the marketing of the new product.

Much of year 11 will be devoted to extending subject knowledge and perfecting the use of a wide range of tools, processes and techniques, including the use of CAD/CAM devices such as the 3D printer, laser cutter and CNC machines.