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Product Design

Key Stage 4


                                       
 
GCSE Product Design Course Content
 

In Year 10 Product Design students are introduced to a range of designing skills, including research, communication, planning and evaluation, in parallel with developing their abilities in manufacturing quality products from a range of materials. This is delivered through a series of design challenges which introduce students to brand identity, design history, quantity manufacture and the use of advanced manufacturing technologies. Towards the end of the Summer term students select from a list, including self-assembly furniture, child’s toy and  designer influences,  their own design challenge to form the basis of their GCSE controlled assessment.

 

Examinations

Controlled Assessment 60%
 

Portfolio and practical outcome including:

1 Investigating the design context

2 Development of design proposals (including modelling)

3 Making

4 Testing and evaluation

5 Communication

 

Date of controlled assessment deadlines
 

Mid April 2017 of Year 11

 

Written Examinations 40%
 

One exam at the end of Year 11. 2 hours covering:

·         Materials and Components

·         Design and Market Influences

·         Processes and Manufacture

 

Useful textbooks/websites

 

GCSE revising guides  www.technologystudent.com

AQA Design & Technology: Product Design ISBN978-1-4085-0276-1

 

How parents/carers can help

  • Help to work on folders at home
  • Use of a computer at home
  • Completion of set extended learning / past questions