A2 Resistant Materials Coursework

Product Design Year 12 Module F522 Product Study

Deadlines 2013/14

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

                                              Begin Testing

Friday Feb 7thBegin Summarise results

Feb. Half term                        Complete Testing

                                              Complete Summarise results

                                              Compile Project

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

                                                Complete

                                                Specifications

                                                Complete

Half Term                                  Continue Ideas/Brainstorming

                                                2DModelling/Digital Tech.

                                                3D Modelling/Development

                                                Begin Working Drawings

Friday 7th Nov                          Ideas/Brainstorming

                                                2DModelling/Digital Tech.

                                                3D Modelling/Development

                                                Complete

Monday 17th Nov                      Complete Working Drawings

                                                 Complete Cutting List

                                                 Complete Bought in Components

Friday Nov 21stAll to have begun Manufacture

Friday Feb.13thManufacture

Complete

Friday Feb 27th                            Testing/Independent Evaluation

                                                  Complete

Monday Mar 16thMarketing Presentation

                                                   Review & Reflection

Complete

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

Course Details

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.

More Information

For more information, check out the Edexcel website

Please Note

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.

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