Product Design Year 12 Module F522 Product Study
Monday Oct. 7th Complete Product Focus and Analysis & Strengths/Weakness
Begin Moral Implications.
Begin Brief and Specifications
Monday Oct. 28th Complete Moral Implications
(Half – Term) Complete Brief and Specifications
Begin Development of Improvement
Monday Jan 27th Complete Development of Improvement
Friday Feb 7thBegin Summarise results
Feb. Half term Complete Testing
Complete Summarise results
Friday Feb. 22nd Product Study finished, all videos checked and handed in on USB.
Product Design Year 13 Module F523 Design, Make and Evaluate
Deadlines 2013- 2014
Friday Sept. 19thDesign Brief & Research
Half Term Continue Ideas/Brainstorming
Begin Working Drawings
Friday 7th Nov Ideas/Brainstorming
Monday 17th Nov Complete Working Drawings
Complete Cutting List
Complete Bought in Components
Friday Nov 21stAll to have begun Manufacture
Friday Feb 27th Testing/Independent Evaluation
Monday Mar 16thMarketing Presentation
Review & Reflection
Easter Holiday Consolidate and Check
Friday Apr. 24th Final Deadline for Project
All videos checked and Project handed in on USB
Resistant Materials - A Level
Students who successfully achieve a higher grade in either GCSE Resistant Materials or System and Control can take this subject at AS and A2 Level.
The course is allocated five hours a week. Three hours are spent on the coursework side and two hours are spent on studying the theory side.
A Level Taster Video
Year 12 AS Level (Specification Code 8RM01)
In Year 12, the students can further their studies by taking Product Design: Resistant Materials. It is taught by Mr Stevens who oversees the coursework side and Mr Holt who teaches most of the theory side.
The Edexcel AS Level course is made up of two units:
- Unit 1 - Portfolio of creative skills (coursework) - worth 60% of the marks
- Unit 2 - Product Design (exam) - worth 40% of the marks
Unit 1 - Portfolio of Creative Skills
Section A - Product Investigation
You will examine in detail an existing product and produce pages for your folder explaining how it was made, what materials were used etc. You have to analyse them and propose alternatives. You also consider environmental issues.
Section B - Product Design
Here you will have to design (but not make) a portable music player or a mobile phone with a futuristic gadget. You will produce high quality design work using a range of techniques including CAD.
Section C - Product Manufacture
This is the practical side of the coursework. You will produce one or more high quality products using a range of materials. You need to provide detailed planning for each item you make and show photographic evidence of how it was made.
Unit 2 - Design and Technology in Practice
Here you will learn in more detail about materials, their properties and associated manufacturing techniques. You will also look at how products are manufactured commercially, CAD & CAM and designing.
These two units make up the total work for the ‘AS’ Level award and are worth 50% of the final A Level grade.
AS Project Examples
Take a look at some AS project examples, showing the progression of projects from start to finish, or coursework from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Year 13 A2 Level (Specification Code 9RM01)
Having successfully passed their AS Level in this subject, the students can continue to do this subject at A2 level. It is also taught by Mr Stevens who oversees the coursework side and Mr Holt who teaches most of the theory side.
The Edexcel A2 Level course is made up of two units (plus the two from AS level):
- Unit 3 - Designing for the future (exam) - worth 40% of the marks
- Unit 4 - Commercial Design (coursework) - worth 60% of the marks
Unit 3 - Designing for the Future
Here you will learn in more detail about materials, their properties and associated manufacturing techniques. You will also look at how products are manufactured commercially, CAD and CAM and design in practice.
Unit 4 - Commercial Design
This is your coursework project. You will produce an A3 design folder and use ICT to design a product. You will then make the product in school for a client using a range of tools and processes. The project needs to have a focus on industrial processes and practices.
The product you make must be a full sized working prototype.
These two units make up the total work for the ‘A2’ Level award and are worth 50% of the final A Level grade.
A2 Project Examples
Take a look at some A2 project examples, showing the progression of projects from start to finish, or coursework from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
For more information, check out the Edexcel website
The department does not offer Systems and Control at Advanced level. Students taking GCSE Systems and Control can do Resistant Materials at Advanced level with no problems converting over. The same applies to students who have studied construction.