The course consists of two units over two years.
Component 1 – Principles of Design & Technology. Written exam (2 hours 30 mins)
Component 2 – Independent Design & Make Project 50%
COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
Component 1: Content Overview:
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
The paper includes calculations, short-open and open-response questions, as well as extended-writing questions focused on:
- Analysis and evaluation of design decisions and outcomes, against a technical principle, for prototypes made by others.
- Analysis and evaluation of wider issues in design technology, including social, moral, ethical and environmental impacts.
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
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
The portfolio will contain approximately 40 sides of A3 paper
There are four parts to the assessment:
- 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
- Part 2: Designing a prototype design idea, development of design idea, final design solution, review of development and final design and communication of design ideas
- Part 3: Making a final prototype design, manufacture and realisation of a final prototype, including tools and equipment and quality and accuracy
- Part 4: Evaluating own design and prototype testing and evaluation
Mechanical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Product Design, Design Technology Courses, Joinery & Metal Work Courses, Engineering Apprenticeships.
At least a grade B or equivalent in Graphics, Product Design or Engineering