Unit 1 (worth 60% of AS mark, 30% of A level)
This unit will produce a 30 page folder of work which will cover production theory, materials technology, production planning, CAD/CAM work, sketching and drawing techniques including Third angle orthographic drawings, isometric and presentation drawing, testing and quality control techniques.
Unit 2 (worth 40% of AS mark, 20% of A level). A 1 hour 30 minute written theory paper. This paper will cover metals, polymers, woods, composites, laminates, modern materials and products, new and smart materials, components, industrial and commercial practice (production techniques), CAD/CAM, quality assurance systems and quality control in production, quality standards and Health and Safety
The second year consists of two further units: unit 3, a written theory paper; and unit 4, a commercial product design. Unit 3 (worth 40% of A2 mark, 20 % of A level). A 2 hour examination. This paper will cover the use of ICT systems in industrial and commercial practice, biotechnology, systems and control, design in the social context and sustainability.
Section 1 Product Investigation: A case study of a product giving details of materials and production techniques used to produce the item and a comparison with another similar product that does the same job.
Section 2 Product Design: Students will creatively and adventurously design a product to answer a particular brief. Students will not be required to make this design but will be asked to design a product capable of being manufactured, outlining all manufacturing processes and all planning.
Section 3 Product Manufacture: Students are required to produce one or more high quality products to meet the requirements of a brief.
Unit 4 (worth 60% of A2 mark, 30% of A level) Commercial product Design: Students will design and make a product of their own choice using a client input and cover all of the areas included in the course. They will be expected to produce a 30 page folder of work and a final product (which they will have to finance) which will be a fully working prototype capable of being tested against the original specification.