Product Design & Jewellery

Sedbergh is the only school in the world that is allowed to use the Millennium Products logo, a reflection of the enthusiasm and expertise of our Design and Technology team and the achievements of our past pupils.


Sedbergh was the only School to be granted a Millennium Products Award


National Technology, Design and Innovation Awards

Sedbergh are the only School to have been granted membership of the British Jewellers Association and were proud to win an award for our unique work in front of the UK Jewellery Industry

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Yr 10

Candidates undertake a range of practical projects that give them experience of different materials, and design techniques. The focus is on building up their skill base in a range of practical areas from CAD/CAM machines (laser cutters, 3D printing etc) through to traditional hand tools and graphical techniques. Likewise a broad understanding of what makes a successful commercial product and the stages between ‘concept’ and ‘market’ are introduced.

Yr 11 Coursework

A variety of broad contexts are provided by the board. The candidate selects a project of their own choosing providing it can fit within one of these contexts. The candidate produces solution that takes the form of a design folio and a physical product.

The folio is marked under the following headings;

a) Investigating the Design Context

b) Development of the Design Proposal (inc modelling).

c) Making.

d) Testing and Evaluation.

e) Communication

Written Paper

Candidates are examined on their understanding of materials, processes, industrial systems and their ability to produce design solutions within time constraints.

General Comments

Candidates gain experience in identifying, considering and solving problems through the manipulation of a range of materials and technologies.

They also develop a broader understanding of the commercial world around them and how it influences society.

Candidates are free to work in any materials they choose however all project materials and consumables used during the course are billed.

In the case of an abnormally expensive project parental permission is sought first.

The course links well with the A-level in Product Design, but also provides a range of project management and ICT skills not found in other subjects that are useful for future study even if the candidate does not choose to study Design further.


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The course utilises traditional skills as well as high end CAD and CAM technology. The facilities in the department are expanding and are supported by several large industrial companies including Delcam ( Candidates can choose to work at A2 in diverse project areas ranging

from commercial consumer products, through to agricultural engineering, jewellery, and furniture.

Materials, Components and Application. (AS Unit 1, PROD1) 50% of AS.

Study of materials (inc smart and modern materials), processes, industrial manufacturing and design and market influences.

Learning Through Designing and Making. (AS Unit 2, PROD2) 50% of AS.

Candidates design and make a series of short projects each based in a different context and material, but each of the candidates own design. Each project is accompanied by appropriate design work that forms a portfolio of the candidate’s skills across a range of topics.

Design and Manufacture. (A2 Unit 3, PROD3) 50% of A2.

Study of modern technologies and methods of product manufacture; the economics of production; patents, copyright, and workplace legislation; the work of past and present designers; and how design influences society and future environmental sustainability.

Designing and Making Practice. (A2 Unit 4, PROD4) 50% of A2.

Coursework project lasting two terms; candidates produce an artefact and design folio in response to a design problem of their choosing. Candidates are encouraged where possible to work with a real client.

Candidates are free to work in any materials they choose however all project materials and consumables used during the course are billed. In the case of an abnormally expensive project parental permission is sought first.

General Comments:

A level Product Design provides a firm launching pad for engineering, architecture and Design related fields. The subject is also particularly useful for further study or careers in Business, Marketing, and Advertising. Unlike many subjects at A-level the skills taught are particularly good in developing the project management and independent working required on many modern degrees.