The Curriculum

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Outline of Course:
This course has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale, etc., can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability. Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible as the specification seeks to build upon their previous Technology knowledge.

Year 10: Students are set a series of focus practical tasks which help to develop their creative skills, in terms of designing and making, using a variety of materials (plastic, wood and card). During this year students are to be introduced to manufacturing processes, collaboration projects and presentation techniques.

Year 11: Students are set a practical project in which they make an item, marks are awarded for clearly identifying and providing evidence of machinery and tools they have used during this project.

Nature of assessment:
At the end of the two year period there are two units produced by students to secure this qualification. There is one tier of assessment covering grades A* to G.

Unit 1: Written Paper (45551)
This contributes to 40% of total marks awarded for this qualification.
This exam is two hours in length and there can be 120 marks awarded in total.
Students answer all questions in two sections. There is Pre-Release material issued from March onwards for students to work on for their exam.

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45552)
This contributes 60% of total marks awarded for this qualification.
This unit is approximately 45 hours in length and 90 marks can be awarded in total.
This unit consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of broad set tasks which are stipulated by the exam board.

Career Opportunities
Include routes into: industrial design, interior design, graphics design, automotive design, engineering, architecture, design, textile design, fashion design and product design.

If you would like to know more about the Product Design course in school, please speak to Mr Ramsden or Mrs Cooper-Cassady

Some Year 9 students have already started on a twilight GCSE Product Design course after school so they should not need to choose Product Design as one of their options