Design and Technology (Product Design) A Level at The Harvey Grammar School
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY: Product Design
Examining Board: EDEXCEL Head of Department: Mr Byles
This course aims to equip students with the skills to recognise design needs and develop an understanding of how current global issues, including integrating technology, impacts on today’s world.
Component 1: Principles of Design and Technology: Written Examination 2 hours 30 minutes 50% of the qualification. This Component covers: Topic 1: Materials, Topic 2: Performance characteristics of materials, Topic 3: Processes and techniques, Topic 4: Digital technologies, Topic 5: Factors influencing the development of products, Topic 6: Effects of technological developments, Topic 7: Potential hazards and risk assessment, Topic 8: Features of manufacturing industries, Topic 9: Designing for maintenance and the cleaner environment, Topic 10: Current legislation, Topic 11: Information handling, Modelling and forward planning, Topic 12: Further processes and techniques.
Component 2: Independent Design and Make Project Coursework Centre assessed 50% of the qualification. This Component covers: Students individually and/or in consultation with a client/end user identify a problem and design context. ● Students will develop a range of potential solutions which include the use of computer aided design and evidence of modelling. ● Students will be expected to make decisions about the designing and development of the prototype in conjunction with the opinions of the client/end user. ● Students will realise one potential solution through practical making activities with evidence of project management and plan for production. ● Students will incorporate issues related to sustainability and the impact their prototype may have on the environment ● Students are expected to analyse and evaluate design decisions and outcomes for prototypes/products made by themselves and others ● Students are expected to analyse and evaluate of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.
Expected outcomes: ● The investigation report is internally assessed and externally moderated. ● Students will produce a substantial design, make and evaluate project which consists of a portfolio and a prototype ● There are four parts to the assessment:
o Part 1: Identifying and outlining possibilities for design Identification and investigation of a design possibility, investigation of client/end user needs, wants and values, research and production of a specification
o Part 2: Designing a prototype Design ideas, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas
o Part 3: Making a final prototype Design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools, equipment, quality & accuracy
o Part 4: Evaluating own design and prototype Testing and evaluation
Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 6 in Design Technology
GCSE grade 5 in English (Language or Literature) and GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics
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