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Design Technology

Subject: Design and Technology
Contact: Mr J Budge

KS5

Overview

At Key Stage 5, we currently follow the AQA Product Design 3D Design syllabus (AQA Specification 7551). Students have 7 lessons a fortnight preparing students for their coursework and examinations over the two year course. A-level Design and Technology: Product Design (3-D Design) helps students take a broad view of design and technology, develop their capacity to design and make products and appreciate the complex relations between design, materials, manufacture and marketing.

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

Exam Techniques

Year 13

PROD3 Design and Manufacture

PROD4 Design and Making Practice

Exam Techniques

Assessment components

Unit 1 AS

Unit 2 AS

 Unit 3 A Level

Unit 4 A Level

What's assessed

PROD1 Materials, Components and Application

What's assessed

PROD2 Learning Through Designing and Making

What's assessed

PROD3 Design and Manufacture

What's assessed

PROD4 Design and Making Practice

How it's assessed

written exam: 2 hours

30 minutes

80 Marks

50% AS – 25% A level

How it's assessed

Coursework –  approx. 50 hours

80 marks

Written (or electronic) design portfolio

Manufactured outcome(s)

Coursework may take a number of forms: a simple design-and-make project, two smaller

projects or a portfolio of work

50% AS – 25% A level

How it's assessed

2 hour written paper

84 marks

Based primarily on Design and Manufacture and consisting of two sections

Candidates answer three questions: one question from three in each section,

Includes synoptic assessment

20% A Level

How it's assessed

Coursework – approx.. 60 hours

85 marks

Written (or electronic) design folder

Manufactured outcome

Candidates submit evidence of a simple, substantial designing and making activity

25% A Level

Enrichment opportunities:

Useful websites to support learning

Technology student.com website
Technology review.com website
gcsebitesize/design website
dtonline.org website
design-technology.org website
designandtech.com website
howstuffworks.com website
designmuseum.org website
designweek.co.uk website
Free ‘Google sketchup’ CAD software can be downloaded from Google website