Design Technology : Product Design

Key Stage 4

GCSE Product Design                  Exam Board – AQA

Controlled assessment – 50% (90 marks) approx. 30-35 hours, including 20 hours making

Written exam – 50% (120 marks) 2 hours

This course involves students working with a range of materials – paper, card, wood, plastics and textiles. Students will be involved in the analysis, design and making of products, designing in two and three dimensional forms and the use of computer aided design and manufacture.

The course involves one controlled assessment. Students complete approximately 20 pages of a design folder featuring research, design work, planning, evidence of manufacture and evaluations. A prototype quality product using the selected material(s) will be made with the addition of packaging.

There is one examination at the end of Year 11 all revision and topics are taught throughout Year 10 and 11. This consists of two sections; Section A – designing with a theme, Section B – all other theory topics.

Key Stage 3

Product design is taught in mixed ability groups across Years 7, 8 and 9. A selection of projects include graphics, woodwork, textiles and CAD/CAM.

Across the year, students will look at the main elements; researching, designing, design development, planning, and evaluating. In every project, a product is made.

Current projects are:

Year 7:  Acrylic ice scraper, wooden puzzle, sock monkey, drawing skills and room modeling.

Year 8: Wooden box, mechanical toy, fleece hats, electronic moisture tester.

Year 9:  Clock (mini coursework style project), wooden rack, Dragons’ Den pitches (events), recycled clothing and textiles.

Students will learn a range of drawing techniques as well as a range of making skills, using a variety of tools and equipment. Health and safety is taught within all projects across the year groups and it is essential that all students adhere to the health and safety rules.

Home learning is ‘take away menu’ style tasks set on a half termly basis with a selection of topics and tasks suited to the currently project being studied.

A small contribution to some projects will go towards materials and resources used.

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