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Curriculum: KS3 Product Design

Key Stage

Content

Assessment

3

KS3 Design & Technology

In year 7&8 students explore 3 areas within design technology. Product Design and Textile Design. The students stay with the same teacher for the year to allow for consistency and continuity in our assessment for our students.

During year 7 students concentrate on their making skills and become familiar with the equipment available in the workshops. Students look at programmes such as 2D design, google sketchup, photoshop, CAD and CAM.

In year 8 students will look at the design process in each of these areas and create larger outcomes such as a lighting design in textiles, clock design in D&T. Students have the opportunity to visit the Design museum in Year 8 as research into their projects.

This exciting KS3 curriculum focuses on the design process and allows for students to choose pathways for GCSE in Resistant Materials, Textiles, 3D design and Catering.

 

Students are assessed using the framework of GCSE design and technology. They are assessed on the design process and there are 4 Data Drops over the year which reflects this mark.

Students have opportunities to engage and interact with their levels each half term and to set themselves aspirational targets to improve in response to regular teacher/student dialogue and marking.

GCSE Product Design  

Key Stage

Content

Assessment

GCSE RM

Resistant Materials

Students use various materials and techniques to create innovative and sophisticated solutions for design problems.

This course encourages students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible in order to develop innovative and sophisticated solutions.

A working knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials will be required, but other materials may be used in addition. The use of new technologies is encouraged in this course. Students also need to consider about sustainability and environmental impact of their designing. Students use this course to design and make a product using a range of materials.

By studying this course, students will not only develop practical skills but also learn how to problem solve and develop creative design solutions. As well as this, students will learn how to critically analyse products and apply this in their projects.

 

Unit 1: Written paper (40%)

Unit 2: Coursework (60%)             

AQA specification: Resistant Materials  

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/AQA-4560-W-SP-14.PDF

 

KS5 PD

Product Design

This course encourages students to take a broad view of design and technology, to develop their capacity to design and make products and to appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

It is a varied creative course centred on design innovation.

The content builds on students’ experience of Resistant Materials at GCSE and provides a stimulating and practical course.  Students will develop their understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials.

Students will be required to initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes using their imagination and ability to innovate.  

At AS students study key topics, including Understanding Materials and learning through Designing and Making. Students learn about the life cycle of products: manufacturing, environmental sustainability and consumer safety. Students also learn about designing and making. Skills students acquire include using different tools and machinery, and thinking creatively.

At A2, students study further the understanding and knowledge of the processes and procedures of        commercial production and manufacturing,                ergonomics, anthropometrics and Health and Safety Regulations. Students also complete an independent design task where students select their own topic and design and make a product to solve a real problem.

AS Unit 1 (Written Exam) 50%

In this unit, students will have opportunities to learn about  different materials and components

AS Unit 2 (Coursework ) 50%

This unit represents the project elements of 50 hours of designing and making.

This is 50% of the final A-level Grade 

A2 Unit 3 (Written Exam) 50%

This unit incorporates designing and manufacturing

A2 Unit 4 (Coursework) 50%

Independent design and make project, to demonstrate learning.

AQA specification: Product Design: 3D

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2550-W-SP-14.PDF

 

Product Design A-level

Entry Criteria

In order to study Product Design A level, students should achieve at least 5 A* to C grades at GCSE level. This should include English Language and Mathematics.

Why study Product Design ?

An interesting and varied creative course centred on design innovation. The content builds on your experience of Product Design at GCSE and provides a stimulating and practical course in four distinct units.

The course aims to develop your critical and problem solving skills long with your financial capability, enterprise and entrepreneurial skills. You will develop your understanding of contemporary design and technological practices and consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials. You will be required to initiate design solutions, develop, test and trial working models and prototypes using your imagination and ability to innovate.

What do I study?

Students study key topics, including  Understanding   Materials and Learning through Designing and Making. Students learn about the life cycle of products:        manufacturing, environmental sustainability and      consumer safety. Students also learn about designing and making. Skills students acquire include using    different tools and machinery, and thinking creatively.

At A2, students study further the understanding and knowledge of the processes and procedures of        commercial production and manufacturing,                ergonomics, anthropometrics and Health and Safety Regulations. Students also complete an independent design task where students select their own topic and design and make a product to solve a real problem.

How am I assessed?

Students are examined though both controlled    assessment and written examinations.

AS and A2 are both 50% controlled assessment, 50% written exam. Students follow the AQA specification.

Where next?

Studying Product Design will help you access a career in the creative industry. It is particularly valuable in career paths like Architecture, Engineering, Industrial Product Design and City Planning. It will also help you improve your general design skills, helping you for professions like graphic design and web design.

Your abilities to project manage and problem solve will be stretched whilst thinking creatively. Product Design provides key transferrable skills such as resourcefulness, self motivation and decision making These are essential to work in such as Design (including graphics or illustration, product or web design, fashion or textiles, building design and photography or interior design) architecture and engineering.

Key Contact

Rachel Yule

Director of Learning
Art Design and Technology

Ryu@whitefield.barnet.sch.uk