Contact Teacher: Mr A Apperley, Head of Design & Technology
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Why study Product Design?
Product Design provides all students with the best natural link between knowledge and the application of science and mathematics in business and commerce. The coursework component of Product Design provides every student with the opportunity to develop key project management skills that they are able to transfer to any future career.
Product Design provides students with an opportunity to learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They acquire skills that are yet unidentified and become equipped to perform in a constantly shifting workplace.
Product Design equips students to be creative, independent thinkers. Students combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life.
This qualification encompasses two key factors - creativity and sustainability. Students will develop a range of transferable skills to enable them to respond with confidence to the demands of undergraduate study and the world of work.
The course will be assessed by both externally set examinations and internal assessment.
In this unit you will develop your creative, technical and practical skills through a series of product investigation, design and manufacturing activities. You will learn to develop your understanding and knowledge through product investigation, product design and product manufacture.
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of materials and processes used in the field of design and technology.
Designers from the past provide inspiration for present and future designing. You will become aware of the important contribution that key historic movements and figures have on modern design thinking. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of a range of modern design and manufacturing practices and contemporary design issues. The modern designer must have a good working knowledge of the use of ICT and systems and control technology in the design and manufacture of products.
In this unit, you are given the opportunity to apply the skills you have acquired and developed throughout this course of study, and to design and make a product.
There are four parts to the assessment:
Part 1: Identifying Opportunities for Design
Identification of a design problem, investigation of needs and research and specification.
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.
Part 3: Making a 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.
How the course is taught and assessed
Unit 1: A two and a half hour examination set and marked by Edexcel. 50% of course.
Unit 2: Internally set and marked and externally moderated by Edexcel. 50% of course.
Maths and Science skills, knowledge and understanding underpin the theory and practice of design and technology. These skills will be embedded within the examination of this qualification.
The minimum level of mathematics in the examinations will be equivalent to higher tier in a GCSE Qualification in Mathematics. If studied 6 or above in a D&T GCSE and then a 5 or above in Maths is the entry requirement.